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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Experiential Learning: Professional Development and Support for Teachers

Researchers: Ms. Jessie Chow, Dr. Tracy Zou, Prof. Samson Tse

Funding body: The University of Hong Kong Teaching Development Grant (Amount to be determined)

Timeline: 2016 – 2017

Abstract:
The growing use of experiential learning within higher education is placing new demands on teachers, whose professional training thus far has focused on more traditional pedagogies. At the same time, teachers are still called upon to nurture students through experiential learning, and use reflective learning methodologies, which they are less familiar with. It has been clear that teachers’ professional development needs to evolve with the changing needs.

This project attempts to bridge the gap through building a comprehensive understanding of how teachers can best facilitate experiential learning, complemented by a package of practical guidelines that are grounded in experience and the local context. The project will also engage students and teachers to learn from their experiences, and draw from the relevant literature. By drawing on scholarly insight as well as actual experiences, the project will significantly enhance the understanding of experiential learning as it applies to teachers, as well as the practical application of such knowledge in the university’s future programs.