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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

A Practical Guide for Training, Coaching and Education

Colin Beard, John P. Wilson

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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, 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.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: A brief introduction to experiential learning;
  • Section - ONE: Experiential learning: foundations and fundamentals;
    • Chapter - 02: Practical answers to some theoretical questions;
    • Chapter - 03: Designing, delivering and evaluating experiential learning;
  • Section - TWO: The Learning Combination Lock model;
    • Chapter - 04: The outer-world learning environment: other humans, other living creatures, and spaces and places (the belonging dimension);
    • Chapter - 05: Experiential learning activities, behaviours and actions (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: Deeper learning (the being dimension);
  • Section - THREE: Experiential learning and the future;
    • Chapter - 10: Imagining, experiencing and learning from the future;


The wealth of insights offered in this book makes it an essential read for teachers, trainers, facilitators and coaches who wish to gain a deeper understanding into the power of experiential learning in effecting change.
Dr Susanna Ho, Senior Specialist (Outdoor Education), Ministry of Education, Singapore

This is a book that, as its name implies, is rich in knowledge gained through decades of experience. The lessons it imparts are invaluable in both work and life.
Larry Campbell, Partner, KPMG China

Experiential Learning is to me the appliance of the science of education and putting theory into practice with a firm focus on change, impact and how to achieve both. This is a handbook that I shall be using time and time again and that will have a presence in KidZania globally.
Dr Ger Graus OBE, Global Director of Education, KidZania

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

Even very accomplished developers can undoubtedly find many ideas to expand the design options upon which they can draw.
Leadership and Organizational Development Journal (about a previous edition)


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749483036
  • Edition: 4
  • Published: 3rd August 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x157
  • 376 pages

About the Author

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.

Colin Beard

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