Different purposes require different types of learning and development.
Traditional training and teaching are based primarily on knowledge and skills transfer, but this does not acknowledge individual growth and potential well. This is because traditional skills and knowledge transfer assumes what the individual needs to learn, and the best way in which they can learn it.
Experiential learning is a powerful way to acknowledge individual and personal growth and potential. It is tailored for individual style, preferences, strengths, direction, etc. It is more likely than conventional prescribed training to produce positive emotional effects, confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of personal value and purpose.
It is crucial to use the best type of learning and development methods for any given situation. Only a balance of methods can satisfy organizational and external needs, and can also help the individual grow as a confident and contented person.
The word learning is powerful, it emphasizes the learner's perspective, which is necessary to the experiential learning concept. Therefore experiential learning is the most relevant name for this concept.
In the workplace and in society most problems stem from people feeling unhappy or unfulfilled. Traditional skills/knowledge transfer training and teaching does little to counter these effects. Individual and personal growth through experiential learning, most certainly provides ways to address personal feelings of confidence, fulfilment, sense of purpose, etc.
The benefits of developing people as individuals are huge. By developing people as individuals, rather than simply transferring arbitrary capabilities, we can develop people's confidence, personal strengths, self-esteem, and a sense of purpose and fulfilment which improves attitude, life-balance and emotional well-being. These outcomes are just as important for sustainable productive work and a healthy society as the essential skills and knowledge typically represented in conventional education and work-related training.
Learning is imbibed at a deeper subconscious level and is more long lasting and effective. It consumes a person and he/she can just not escape from it.
Developing people as individuals is at the heart of experiential learning. It also implicitly enables learning methods to fit each person's own preferred learning styles and natural preferences. Learners are encouraged to learn and develop in their own ways, using methods which they find most comfortable and therefore enjoyable.
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