Humans are unique from other living organisms in their capability to not just adapt to some physical form or skill but also in the identification with the process of adaption itself or the process of learning. We are a learning species and our survival depends on our ability to adapt and learn.
People learn from their experiences and this technique is finding application today in classroom learning and curriculum of undergraduate and professional programs.
In the long history of learning, learning through experiences has been implemented and developed by pioneer educators with the sole objective of improving learning environments.
From Jean Jacques Rousseau* (1712-1778) who made waves when he published “Emile”, or “On Education” that celebrated the natural abilities of the child and the importance of allowing children to develop freely in nature, to Swiss epistemologist Jean Piaget who developed the theory commonly known today as constructivism, numerous audacious educators have contributed to this ever developing pedagogy.
This engaging form of learning uses dynamic experiences as a learning tool and is based on the premise that an experiences followed by reflection leave a strong kinesthetic imprint on the learner. A creative and engaging method of learning, it can be adapted by different kinds of learners ranging from children to adults.
the truth is that no matter how much you read or hear about a subject, there is no substitute for experiencing anything firsthand, and since every individual comes with their own skills, interests and personalities, the learning each one takes back is just as unique.
So next time you get an opportunity to experience something, grab at at it and make the most of the learning you can derive from it.
And if you want to learn something new, ask yourself how can you participate in an experience that will help you learn more about it. Whether it is a cultural event, scientific concept or painting technique, experiences are waiting for you out there.
The same principle can also be applied to understanding careers. Visit a hospital and observe the healthcare professionals toiling and serving people. Can you imagine yourself spending your days like them? Would you enjoy this kind of work and would you take pride in it?
Repeat this exercise with different professional environments. We recommend this to every student looking to make that important career choice. If you are truly interested you will find many adults waiting to help you explore their work environment.