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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

A Handbook for Education, Training and Coaching

Colin Beard, John P. Wilson

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This fully updated handbook combines both the theory and practice of all types of learning that employ activity-based experience. Techniques included are used in management education and corporate training.

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About the book

Experiential Learning enables educators, trainers, coaches and facilitators to unleash some of the more potent ingredients of learning through experience. It presents a simple model: the Learning Combination Lock, which illustrates the wide range of factors that can be altered to enhance the learning experience. The theory is brought to life with hundreds of examples from around the world and covers issues such as: experience and intelligence; facilitation, good practice and ethics; learning environments; experiential learning activities; and working with the senses and emotions. Experiential Learning offers the skills that can be successfully applied to a variety of settings including management education, corporate training, team-building, youth-development work, counselling and therapy, schools and higher education and special needs training. This fully updated third edition includes guidance for coaches, cutting edge new material on sensory intelligence and updated models, tools and case studies throughout. Online supporting resources include 'Introduction to Sensory Intelligence' audio files.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Experiential learning: foundations and fundamentals;
    • Chapter - 01: Unlocking powerful learning – a new model;
    • Chapter - 02: Exploring experiential learning;
    • Chapter - 03: Coaching and facilitation, good practice and ethics;
  • Section - TWO: The learning combination lock model;
    • Chapter - 04: Learning environments: spaces and places (The belonging dimension);
    • Chapter - 05: Experiential learning activities (The doing dimension);
    • Chapter - 06: Sensory experience and sensory intelligence (SI) (The sensing dimension);
    • Chapter - 07: Experience and emotions (The feeling dimension);
    • Chapter - 08: Experience, knowing and intelligence (The knowing dimension);
    • Chapter - 09: Experience, learning and change (The being dimension);
  • Section - THREE: Experiential learning and the future;
    • Chapter - 10: Imagining and experiencing the future


Full of creative ideas that can be used by trainers and facilitators to develop their range of skills.
People Management

The range of coverage is impressive.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning

Beard and Wilson manage to smoothly lead the reader on a superlative tour of must see concepts and principles.
Horizons Magazine

This book is valuable for all the boundary crossing it does. Other books on the subject do not go far beyond the walls of higher education, but this book draws on a huge range of sources... A stimulating collection of ideas and examples that encourages experimentation.
Dr Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training

I think you have written a beauty here and I suspect it is going places.
International Association of Experiential Education


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749467654
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 3rd August 2013
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x157
  • 344 pages

About the Author

Colin Beard works with many global organizations on learning and development, designing and facilitating experiential learning for national and international clients. He is Professor of Experiential Learning at Sheffield Business School, and was awarded a National Fellowship from the UK Higher Education Academy. He is author of The Experiential Learning Toolkit (published by Kogan Page).

Dr John P Wilson is a consultant and researcher and holds positions at Oxford, Sheffield and Bradford Universities, UK. He is editor of International Human Resource Development (published by Kogan Page).

Colin Beard

John P. Wilson