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Experiential learning has an important role in every grade, subject, and program and is appropriate for every child, youth, and adult learner. It is an inquiry-based, pedagogical approach that provides opportunities for learners to co-construct their learning by:
Collectively, these three components are referred to as the Experiential Learning Cycle.
The experience can involve local, national, or global communities and:
During experiential learning opportunities, the emphasis is on the relationships between and among students, teachers, and community members, not the physical location. The experience is not limited to the school or a physical location within proximity to the school. It has the power to provide authentic, dynamic, and engaging learning experiences because it opens the door to elevated teaching and learning opportunities and invites teachers and students to build relationships at the local, national and/or global levels.
Experiential learning makes an important contribution to improving student achievement and promoting well-being. When they are fully engaged in multiple and varied experiential learning opportunities - early and often - children, youth and adult learners develop:
Experiential learning enhances relevance, promotes engagement, and contributes to improved achievement, and the promotion of well-being and equitable outcomes for all students.
(Adapted from Community Connected Experiential Learning, 2016, pg 7-10)