Why Experiential Education?
It’s not hard to understand why so many people prefer experiential education to more traditional, classroom-based learning. There’s nothing wrong with learning in a classroom, of course, and all of us do it at some point in our lives. But Panacea Adventures offers an opportunity to escape the four walls of a classroom and enjoy an enriching and affirming educational experience. Our summer block course offers students a great way to earn school credits while also learning how to be successful at life.
A common question, though, is the question of just how beneficial experiential education truly is. Is it really an education, or is it just goofing around outside? Educators have been refining the experiential education model for decades now, and this entire enterprise has come to be regarded as a truly legitimate and powerful way to learn about the self, about relationships with other people, and about the natural world.
Here are just some of the benefits of experiential education, beyond the fact that it’s just fun:
n Experiential education encourages cooperative learning. Everyone involved in the group works together to learn, as opposed to everyone working separately. Experts say this is a great model for any group of kids who have different learning styles—and that’s basically every group of kids.
n Experiential education also encourages peer-to-peer interaction, which is optimal for helping kids find their own unique voice.
n When we talk about experiential education, we are talking about a hands-on learning style—and it is well established that people tend to learn best by doing as opposed to just listening or reading. The skills and lessons learned through experiential education really stick, in other words, and take deep root within us.
n Experiential education encourages interdependent activity, which in turn helps each and every student to develop unique decision-making and leadership skills, while also fostering a spirit of teamwork.
n Experiential learning is action learning—which means that students are constantly processing information, constantly using their skills, constantly making decisions. What’s learned through experiential education is constantly affirmed and re-enforced.
Experiential education offers immense benefits; because experiential educators seek to create profoundly memorable experiences, the lessons learned really stick. This makes for a wholly effective way to cultivate life skills, leadership abilities, communication abilities, and more—in addition to having an absolute blast!