Faculty Publication: Ethridge and Branscomb

Ethridge, E. A., & Branscomb, K. R. (2009). Learning through action: Parallel learning processes in children and adults. Teaching and Teacher Education, 25(3), 400-408.

Experiential learning has become an essential part of many educational settings from infancy through adulthood. While the effectiveness of active learning has been evaluated in youth and adult settings, few known studies have compared the learning processes of children and adults within the same project. This article contrasts the active learning processes of children and adults by chronicling a service learning project in the United States in which 19 university students implemented an anti-bias curriculum with 112 young children. Findings are interpreted in relation to David Kolb’s model of experiential learning. Implications for classroom practice and theory are discussed.

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