Experiential learning – How it works and when to apply it

I belong to a generation that has been taught things in a rather academic way – a lot of theory, tons of bibliography and numerous essays.

Experimentation was confined to the Chemistry or Physics laboratories and even there nothing truly spectacular happened – for example, we were all fascinated by the fact that if you melt salt in water and then put some colored string in it and wait a few weeks you’ll end up with different shape crystals. That was the hoot of our eighth grade. And upper education went pretty much in the same way because I chose to go down a humanities path.

So when I eventually ended up in a corporate environment and was confronted with my first ‘experiential’ training I felt terribly out of my comfort zone. How was I supposed to know how to solve a problem without previously reading at least a dozen pages about it?

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