ABSTRACT

This introduction presents an overview of the key concept dissguessed in the subsequent chapters of this book. Living through people own Great Disruption, colleges and universities in the United States and across the world are attempting to come to grips with several seismic shocks that have left many in the academy feeling isolated, vulnerable, and unprepared. Another seismic disruption in higher education is the destabilization of the formal curriculum. As continuing shift away from a paradigm of instruction to one of student learning, the former power centers on college and university campuses are increasingly questioned. The live encounter in education gets beyond the script, the expected, the given, and the predictable. To do so is perhaps the most robust definition of liberal education and yet much of what students experience in the classroom fails on this account. Experiential education holds the possibility of the live encounter for college and university campuses but it is no guarantee.