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Experiential Learning

A Practical Guide for Training, Coaching and Education

Equip yourself with the theory and practical tools to deliver experience-based learning that develops skills, improves performance and drives behavioural change.
EAN: 9780749483036
Edition: 4
Published:
Format: 235x160
376 pages

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, in which the experience is central to the learning process, is more affordable, appealing and effective than ever before. Experiential Learning combines in-depth theory with international case studies from companies including KidZania, Shell and the UK National Health Service (NHS) and numerous practical tools for developing and delivering learning experiences in both for-profit and 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 areas such as experiential learning activities, indoor and outdoor learning environments, creative learning, working with the senses and emotions to help promote learning, and reviewing and evaluating initiatives.

In addition to featuring new international case studies and examples, this updated fourth edition of Experiential Learning contains new material on the mechanisms underpinning learning, mindfulness and wellbeing, experience and language and digital games and the design of multi-sensory experiences. Online supporting resources consist of audio files exploring sensory intelligence.

About the authors

Colin Beard is a professor and National Teaching Fellow at Sheffield Business School. He works with leading global public and private organizations to design and facilitate experiential learning strategies. He is the author of The Experiential Learning Toolkit, also published by Kogan Page.

John P. Wilson holds positions at Sheffield and Oxford Universities. His experience in education and consultancy spans a variety of countries and sectors, including aerospace engineering, banking, law and pharmaceuticals. He has written and edited a number of books and articles, and has blogged for the CIPD.


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)