Experiential 2019-07-19T11:12:31+00:00

Experiential

The Experiential Education model is based on the experiential attitude, which refers to aiming to reconstruct what the other is experiencing.

The essence of Experiential Education model is the experiential focus. This is focusing on the participants perspective or ‘experience’ (the bodily felt meanings) in a setting. It is trying to get in touch with the other and to imagine how he/she is experiencing a particular situation. It is articulating what goes on and is happening on the other side,  using one’s own “flow of experiences” as a means to better relate to the other side. This is done by the reconstruction of experiences. It is an advanced form of ‘empathy’ that covers all dimensions: feelings, perceptions and cognition and the conative (motives and intentions).

We speak of a “stream of experiences” because experiences are constantly shifting: thoughts, feelings, wishes, perceptions, etc. are constantly in motion. The key is to take the perspective of the participants into account and from there try to understand how the pedagogical environment can be optimized or development can be supported.