Integrating experiential learning in Higher Education: an experience with a Core Curriculum subject

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  1. Sonia Rivas, University of Navarra, Spain

In recent years, "experiential learning" as a method of delivering course material becomes more recognized in university education. This article is a report on an experience conducted in the Nurse Faculty at University of Navarra that incorporates experiential learning in an Introduction to Family Education course, which was implemented for 18 graduate students during the first semester of an academic year (2017-2018). Current research was used to guide the design and implementation of the course. Several experiential learning key points from the literature were applied to the process: (1) Knowledge of concrete experiences, (2) observation and reflection, (3) forming abstract concepts, and (4) testing ideas in new situations. Furthermore, three teacher facilitators were included: seeking challenging tasks, critical reflection, and enjoyment of work. Finally, the results of students’ feedback on this method of learning are summarized. Evidence is provided to suggest that experiential learning pedagogy can produce a stronger sense of satisfaction and fruitfulness among students.

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