Experiential learning supports employee development by building knowledge and skills and offering a path for successful application in the workplace. When they learn by doing, individuals learn how to change their behavior in order to improve performance and have a greater impact in the workplace. Another benefit of experiential learning is that individuals remember as much as 90 percent of what they learned, compared to only 5 percent for traditional learning. This degree of retention helps individuals apply more of what they learned, even long after training has taken place.

The importance of experiential learning for children is evident to us all. We would never have learned to ride bicycles or hit balls without taking tumbles, swinging and missing, and trying again until we had developed some mastery. When it comes to adult learning, we often ignore the simple fact that experience and practice underpin all performance improvement, whether simple psycho-motor activities or complex decision-making processes. In fact, all workforce development can be distilled down to four basic elements: experience, practice, conversations and reflection

Kolb – Experiential Learning

As we continue to look at models of learning it is vital to include Kolb experiential learning model here. Kolb D. (1984) proposed a model of learning that has become widely known and used as a basis for considering how we learn from experience. This is often referred to as the experiential learning cycle.

The model suggests four learning stages and style preferences whereby ‘immediate or concrete experiences’ provide a basis for ‘observations and reflections.

These ‘observations and reflections’ are distilled into ‘abstract concepts’ producing new implications for action that can be ‘actively tested’. in turn creating new experiences. Kolb’s model has provided a basis for the development in the UK of the Learning Style Preferences model and questionnaire, as discussed above by Alan Mumford and Peter Honey, and it is important for coach/mentor and coachee/mentee to recognise both their own learning style preferences and those of the other party, experiential learning enables this process to take place.

What are the benefits of experiential learning?

Here are five distinct advantages experiential learning has over traditional classroom, instructor-centric methods.

  • Ability to immediately apply knowledge. …
  • Access to real-time coaching and feedback. …
  • Promotion of teamwork and communication skills. …
  • Development of reflective practice habits. …
  • Accomplishments are obvious

Why is experiential learning so effective?

Experiential learning is personal and effective in nature, influencing both feelings and emotions as well as enhancing knowledge and skills. It goes beyond classroom learning and ensures that there is high level of retention, thereby delivering exceptional RoI over a traditional learning program.

What is the role of experiential learning methods in the training process?

Experiential learning is also called as ‘learning by doing’ and the training involves a two way interaction unlike the informational training methods which are more of one sided. … On the Job Training (OJT): This training method is used to impart new skills to the employees when they are working on a certain position.

What are examples of experiential learning?

Experiential learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional academic classroom setting, and may include internships, studies abroad, field trips, field research, and service-learning project. Outtake from EH Leadership Coaching & Mentoring Diploma workbook.

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