CREATING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE.
The phrase experiential education comes from a movement in the 60s and 70s that stressed a hands-on approach to learning. Educators realized two things:
- Not all students benefit from sitting in a classroom reading, writing, and talking.
- Students were growing up without direct contact with nature, and without learning nature-based skills.
They fixed this by designing experiences meant to get students out of the classroom and into the natural world, where they could try new things, fail at them, try again, fail better, try again, fail even better, then try again – and learn better.
The experiential model of education has four essential parts: Experience, Reflection, Transfer, New Knowledge. A student – meaning an individual new to a skill – has an experience. Next, they reflect on that experience. Then, they transfer their experience into new knowledge, which they then use to inform their next experience. It’s a virtuous cycle – and it works.
At Beacon House, you become a student of recovery – but you don’t spend the whole time sitting in group therapy or a counselor’s office. To become a student of the recovery lifestyle, you follow the experiential model. You learn through experience. You learn by doing.