This book describes how to change the way in which educators conduct business in the classroom. Our current educational systems lack ways to reach today's learners in relevant, meaningful ways. The five approaches in this book inspire and motivate students to learn. The authors provide in-depth descriptions into these overlapping approaches for experiential learning: active learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, service learning, and place-based education. Each of these five approaches includes an element of student involvement and attempts to engage students in solving problems. The chapters are presented in a consistent, easy-to-read format that provides descriptions, history, research, ways to use the approach, and resources. This book will help educators transform their classrooms into dynamic learning environments.
Scott Wurdinger is a professor of experiential education and leadership studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and works with schools to integrate more experiential learning. Julie Carlson's career as an educator spans three decades of outdoor, adventure, and experiential learning endeavors. She is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato.