According to Kohenen (2004), student must be facilitated in developing reflective learning through working on beliefs, experiences and learning assumptions on their own. As a volunteer teacher working with special needs primary school children I was able to practically learn a lot of skills which I think a long way in assisting develop my professional outlook going forward.
For learning to occur there must be an explicit awareness and understanding of just exactly what is to be learnt as well as why it is necessary. Learning has been defined as a process of creating new knowledge and understanding that takes place through transforming experience (Kohenen, 2004). Reflection on its parts plays a very crucial role of I the learning process by bridging the gap between theoretical conceptualisations and practical experience. There is no doubt therefore that volunteer experiential learning is an important aspect of education that will help students transit from the theoretical setting of the class to the much important practical application of knowledge. Successful transformation must include both theory and application which almost guarantees learning. Reflective experiential learning will no doubt play an important part in my development and conceptualisation of ideas.
Experiential learning integrates the theory and practical aspects of learning with aim of attaining a wholesome approach and stress the importance of experience in learning. it takes various forms such as work study assignments, internships in the business world, exchange & volunteer programs in education, clinical experience and many others depending on the industry. Principles of reflective and experiential learning are applicable in both formal and informal learning settings. The most important element is the emphasis on active participation through interaction where learners get ...Show more