Since 1910 with the Flexner Report, education has been housed in the classroom over the first 2 years.  Following this experience, clinical exposure was allowed beyond the walls of the classroom with apprenticeship.  Knowledge was gained similar to a bank.  Educators would make donations to the bank of the minds of the educated.  Educators, like Piaget, Dewey, Schon and Kolb have worked to change our way of thinking regarding knowledge acquisition.  Rather than be a bank, it is a constant interplay of experience and reflection.  The following videos, publications and chapters will help you reflect on what is experiential learning and offer a framework to help shape the classroom you facilitate.


1.     Armstrong, E & Parsa-Parsi, R, (2005) How Can Physicians’ Learning Styles Drive Educational Planning?, Academic Medicine. 7:680-684.

2.     Wang, EE, (2011) Simulation and Adult Learning, Dis Mon. 57(11): 664-678. [CHSE}

3. Kolb, D., (1984) Experiential Learning as a Source of Learning and Development. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.