The 4-H Mission Our mission is to create nonformal, educational opportunities to help youth thrive in a complex and changing world.
Workshop Overview Introduce the experiential learning model. Define the steps in an experiential learning cycle. Experience activities and apply the model concepts to your work.
Evolution of Experiential Learning What you hear, you will probably doubt. What you see, you may possibly doubt. But what you do for yourself, you cannot possibly doubt. Seaman A. Knapp, Founder of the Extension concept
Evolution of Experiential Learning Experiential learning takes place when a person involved looks back and evaluates it, determines what was useful or important to remember, and uses this information to perform another activity. John Dewey, 1938
Evolution of Experiential Learning Concrete experience Observation & Reflection Forming abstract concepts Testing in new situations Kolb, 1984
Evolution of Experiential Learning Current research points to the advantage of authentic instruction, involving “active knowledge construction” by learners, relevance, active feedback on learner progress, ongoing opportunities to rethink and reflect, and highly interactive learning activities. Eccles & Gootman, 2002
Using multiple senses can increase retention. Multiple teaching methods can be integrated to maximize creativity. Child-centered learning becomes the focus.
Why Use Experiential Learning? Discovery of knowledge and solutions builds competence and confidence. Youth can learn life skills that will be used, plus subject matter content. Learning is more fun!
Vignette As you watch the video look for the steps of the cycle. Heads-On, Hands-On: The Power of Experiential Learning –Facilitator’s Guide and VHS/DVD –From National 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System www.n4hccs.orgwww.n4hccs.org
Discuss Form a group of 3 people and discuss the following: –What did you notice in the video? –What did you think as you were watching the video? –How did the facilitator begin the activity? –How did the facilitator get the participants to share their experiences? –How did the facilitator get the participants to identify what they had learned? –What questions did the facilitator ask to move the learners through the “process” and “generalize” phases?
Applying This to Our Work Find someone new to work with: –Discuss how you would use this information in your program.
THE 4-H PLEDGE… I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.
Resources Contact your local 4-H Agent State 4-H Web Sites –http://www.national4- hheadquarters.gov/4h_map.htmhttp://www.national4- hheadquarters.gov/4h_map.htm 4-H Afterschool –http://www.4hafterschool.orghttp://www.4hafterschool.org National 4-H Juried Curriculum –http://www.national4-hheadquarters.govhttp://www.national4-hheadquarters.gov Search under “Resources”
Presenters Lisa Lauxman –University of Arizona –firstname.lastname@example.org Gretchen May –University of Massachusetts –email@example.com
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