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Outdoor Education Theory

Experiential Learning Cycles (Kolb)

James Neill
Last updated:
06 Oct 2004

Experiential learning cycles (Kolb)

Most outdoor education and adventure-based programs share a theoretical emphasis on experiential learning principles (Dewey, 1938/1997; Kolb, 1984), although there is no clear agreement on which of the several different types of experiential learning cycles is most relevant to outdoor education, although the three stage model, "do-review-plan" seems to best satisfy the law of parsimony (the simplest of two or more theories is preferable).