ABSTRACT

This chapter explores a variety of pedagogical models that are often linked to experiential education in an attempt to organize an ecosystem of sorts. If experiential education is the pedagogical common denominator, it sits at the center of the system. Orbiting around this center are several broad conceptual categories: active learning, community-based learning (CBL), integrative learning, and project-based learning (PBL). Active learning is an umbrella term for a range of instructional strategies aimed at increasing student involvement and ownership of their learning. While community-based learning has been an increasingly popular and utilized approach in higher education, it is not a new phenomenon. Integrative learning is a significant conceptual category of experiential education because of the ways in which it seeks to overtly make connections between and among student experiences. PBL draws from experiential education in its focus on relevant, real-life issues or events.