Experiential Learning

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The New Education**. Davidson, Cathy. 2017.

  • A study of how higher education needs to embrace creative learning, which could easily be applied to all educational practice.


Experiential Learning Theory as a Guide for Experiential Educators in Higher Education. Kolb, Alice & Kolb, David. A Journal for Engaged Educators. 2017.

  • A full overview of current research on experiential learning and the spaces that must be built to support it.

Comparison of Standardized Test Scores from Traditional Classrooms and Those Using Problem-Based Learning**. Needham, Martha. 2010.

  • Data showcasing how 6th grade students performed just as well on standardized tests via PBL-delivery vs. traditional-delivery. Research also showcases that students learned more skills via PBL-delivery.

An Action Research on Project-Based Learning and Understanding by Design and Their Effects on the Science Achievement and Attitude of Science Students. Rubrica, Richard. 2018.

  • Study follows 6th grade science students on a traditional and PBL track, and finds that students in a PBL setting had better academic, motivational, and attitudinal outcomes.

A Review of Research on Project-Based Learning. Thomas, John. 2000.

  • Summarizes the current (2000) research on project-based learning, its benefits and challenges.


Project-Based Learning for the 21st Century: Skills for the Future. Bell, Stephanie. Taylor & Francis Group. 2010.

  • An overview of how project-based learning can be used for various "soft skill" sets.

Motivating Project-Based Learning: Sustaining the Doing, Supporting the Learning. Blumenfeld et al. 1991.

  • A full review of project-based learning, its importance to education and motivation, and how to incorporate it into a classroom.

Where Students Get Valued Advice on What to Study in College. Gallop. 2017.

  • Outlines how students choose what their college major will be and based on findings, recommends that students are exposed to more internships & experiences to find greater purpose.

STEM Students on the Stage (SOS): Promoting Student Voice and Choice in STEM Education Through an Interdisciplinary, Standards-focused, Project Based Learning Approach**. Sahin, Alphaslan. Top, Namik. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research. 2015.

  • Showcases how design-based science programs (experiential education & project-based learning) have a positive correlation with STEM teaching.