Theoretical Learning versus Experiential LearningMay 23rd, 2012
I just finished participating in a workshop that gave attendees an opportunity to engage and understand type theory in depth. During the workshop I recognized individuals were taking two different approaches to gaining knowledge or understanding, and the preferred perceiving process did not seem to make a difference.
As I reflect on my own way of gaining knowledge, I hear the theory, but it has no meaning or value until I connect it with a personal experience. So I would classify myself as an experiential learner. To move beyond knowledge to understanding in a way that supports application, I must integrate the theory.
The need to be able to apply what was learned has caused me to wonder how the integration process works in others, so I would love to learn how the process works for you. What transforms knowledge or understanding into something you know how to apply in meaningful ways? Post your comments here.