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Learning Through Experience
These Chinese characters represent the concept of “learning.” The first character means to study and is composed of two parts: a symbol that means “to accumulate knowledge” above a symbol for a child in a doorway. The second character means to practice constantly, and it shows a bird developing the ability to leave the nest. The upper symbol represents flying; the lower symbol, youth. For the oriental mind, learning is on-going. “Study” and “practice constantly” together, suggest that learning should mean: “mastery of the way of self-improvement”.
The roots of the English word for learning suggest that it once held a similar meaning. It originated with the Indo-European “leis”, a noun meaning “track” or “furrow”. To “learn” came to mean gaining experience by following a path, presumably for a lifetime. We believe these concepts are as valid today as they have ever been and is why our events focus on:
Experiential Learning or Learning by Doing.
This approach to personal development was developed from the work of a number of theorists including Kolb, Hahn and Johnson and Johnson. Experiential learning is proven to be more powerful and have a more lasting effect than conventional approaches . It is centred on learning by doing, but linked to facilitated reflection, theoretical models and behavioural experimentation. All stages are equally important and valid, but the practical emphasis is the key to its appeal and effectiveness. All of our workshops contain experiential activities, some involving the use of outdoor activities, which are an extension of the experiential approach. Activities are not undertaken lightly, but designed to highlight particular lessons or processes. They are also enjoyable and memorable, which enhances the learning.