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Experiential learning theory

Theoretical Models of Learning and Literacy Development

ISBN: 978-1-78350-821-1, eISBN: 978-1-78350-822-8

ISSN: 2048-0458

Publication date: 10 July 2014



To examine the impacts experiential learning can have on student learning in and out of the classroom. Models of experiential learning are presented including the experiential learning theory.


The historical roots of experiential learning are reviewed before a new experiential learning theory is presented, VAKT-enhanced, to demonstrate the many unique paths that learners take toward content learning, retention, and synthesis.


Apprenticeship experience is universally recognized as an effective method of learning; we learn from doing. Yet, the field of literacy has maintained for decades that reading skills must be taught, often carried out in a drill fashion, also known as the proverbial skill-and-drill technique

Practical implications

A multisensory approach that involves experiencing literature through hands-on and e-learning environments can promote reading acquisition efficiently, bridging the gap between diverse student bodies. Students must be rejuvenated to become interested or maintain interest in literacy, and using technology and experiential learning should be of central focus.



(2014), "Experiential learning theory", Theoretical Models of Learning and Literacy Development (Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 109-137.



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