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Experiential learning: how effective is it?

Experiential learning as the name suggests is the process of learning by doing or we can say learning by going through the process using hands-on experiences. So that the students are in a better state to connect with lessons & theories

learned with real world situations.Experiential learning opportunities exist in a number of fields. A number of Course and non- course forms that may include Community Services, Undergraduate learning, internships, Teaching, Projects etc.

Experiential education opportunities provide a better understanding of course material with a broader viewpoint about the world which ultimately provides insights into their own skills, interests, passion and values.It also provides the opportunity to collaborate with diverse organizations thus imparting positive professional practices and skill sets.

Experiential learning has high importance because it creates an environment where students can use their existing knowledge to develop new concepts and gain knowledge by skilling themselves using practice. It not only helps students to deepen their knowledge about subject matter and develop skills for various environments.

Experiential learning is a great opportunity for students seeking active engagement opportunities. Students who go through Experiential learning feel themselves empowered with knowledge and experience and are keen to utilize their skill set in such a way that their career development is  aided.

Experiential learning also equips individuals with skills like creativity, endurance, Innovation, problem solving and critical thinking about the problem. These skills are not only important but will lead students into professional development and career growth. It also provides students the exposure to tackle challenging real world situations and this will result in better confidence, Self - awareness etc.

Effectiveness of Experiential learning

Experiential learning yields strong results, students who go through Experiential learning have developed improved knowledge and have acquired a great skill set. Whenever learners develop their skills, it enhances the competitiveness within the job market which ultimately improves the quality of employees.

Experiential learning
Experiential learning

There are additional outcomes of Experiential learning which includes skill cultivation related to critical thinking and problem solving. Such skills are intentionally developed so that students can provide solutions to real world problems of industry. The real world problems provide value to the learning experience which enhances the motivation and interest of students.

The process of assessing the learning outcomes in experiential learning involves acknowledgement of the individual student development process and the project work. It has been researched scientifically that Experiential learning impacts the mathematical ability of students positively. The study found that Experiential learning is much more effective than other traditional methods of learning in enhancing the mathematical ability of students. To help students in improving their creativity in mathematics researchers suggested bringing hands-on activities into the classroom. Students who complete tasks require a thorough understanding of lessons and their audacity in confronting unfamiliar problems.

The use of Experiential learning in the classroom has a number of benefits for Teachers also, Teachers can evaluate whether their teaching methods are in sync with the students  or is there any scope for improvement ?

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