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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

A Practical Guide for Training, Coaching and Education

Colin Beard, John P. Wilson


Equip yourself with the theory and practical tools to deliver experience-based learning that develops skills, improves performance and drives behavioural change.

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About the book

In a fast-paced and innovative world, traditional training methods can no longer be relied on to improve performance, engagement or promote behavioural change. Experience-based learning is more affordable, appealing and effective than ever before. Experiential Learning combines in-depth theory with international case studies from companies including Interface, Shell and the UK National Health Service (NHS) and numerous practical tools to consider when developing and delivering learning experiences in either for-profit or not-for-profit organizations. It presents a simple model, the Learning Combination Lock, which enables trainers, coaches, facilitators and educators to select the best strategies for their circumstances to maximize comprehension, knowledge retention and application. Essential reading for anyone designing and delivering learning experiences, it covers experiential learning activities, experience and intelligence, coaching and facilitation, best practice and ethics, learning environments (both indoor and outdoor) and working with the senses and emotions to help promote behavioural change.

In addition to featuring new international case studies, this fully revised 4th edition of Experiential Learning considers how to develop positive habits for learning, covers the mechanisms that help people to learn and the reviewing and reflection process. It also explores the topics of gamification, 3D learning and virtual reality. Online supporting resources include audio files that introduce sensory intelligence.

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


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 (about a previous edition)

Full of creative ideas that can be used by trainers and facilitators to develop their range of skills.
People Management (about a previous edition)

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749483036
  • Edition: 4
  • Published: 3rd August 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 344 pages

About the Author

Colin Beard is a professor of experiential learning at Sheffield Business School, UK. He holds a National Teaching Fellowship and has been an advisor to the Open University. He supports learning and development for UK Government Departments, the US Foreign Service Institute and the Singapore Ministry of Education.

John P. Wilson is a UK-based consultant and researcher with experience in both the private and academic sectors, having worked abroad for many years and having held positions at the University of Oxford and University of Sheffield.

Colin Beard

John P. Wilson