Assessment & Evaluation in Experiential Education
Borow, Amanda C.
- Experiential Education is a pedagogical approach that facilitates student learning through reflection on active experience. Each student constructs knowledge based on his or her own interpretation of an experience through his or her unique frame of reference; consequently, each student's learning outcomes are personal and varied. Given this core aspect of experiential education, assessment and eva... read moreluation of student learning within an experiential education program is challenging. I will examine the assessment of student learning at the Courageous Sailing Youth Summer Program in order to explore the role of assessment and evaluation in experiential education. First I will develop a critical framework that includes the theoretical foundations and contemporary models of experiential education; I will additionally outline assessment and evaluation structures Traditional Summative Outcomes assessment and Participatory Formative Process assessment - within the context of experiential education. Utilizing this framework, I will critically analyze my initial Traditional Summative Outcomes approach to assess student learning in the Courageous Sailing Summer Youth Program in the summer of 2012. Finally, I will propose a Participatory Formative Process evaluation strategy for Courageous that will structure and facilitate student learning and encourage the ongoing development of Courageous as an experiential education program.read less