Experiential Learning Programs
Robert C. Moore
The arguments for experiential education are rooted in a concern for the total development of young people -- social, psychological, and intellectual. This development is seen as jeopardized by a social milieu that increasingly isolates young people from the kinds of experiences, encounters, and challenges that form the basis for healthy development and that add purpose and meaning to formal education.
-- Conrad and Heden ( 1995, p. 382)
Experiential learning has been often thought of as activity-based learning or even internships -- practical experience. However, the philosophical foundations on which it has been based go far beyond active learning. Popularly labeled as theory into practice, experiential learning is more appropriately characterized as praxis.
Praxis translated into English means practice, but the philosophical concept does not deal with mundane experience or activity. Aristotle intended praxis to include the study and application of theory and of knowledge to life.