Preparing for High Impact Organizational Change
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Preparing for High Impact Organizational Change

Experiential Learning and Practice

Edited by Gavin M. Schwarz, Anthony F. Buono and Susan M. Adams

Preparing for High Impact Change: Experiential Learning and Practice provides an overview of change processes for teaching, facilitating, and coping with change. Tested high-impact exercises in the book will prepare change leaders at all organizational levels to deal with the myriad of challenges inherent in the process of organizational change. This book is a resource for consultants, educators, students and practitioners in corporate training and development roles.
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Chapter 4: Teaching theory experientially

Robert J. Marshak

Abstract

The author examines the power of experiential learning in enhancing theory-oriented courses. As he suggests, instructors in such courses are often challenged to communicate abstract concepts in ways that generate interest and enhance internalization, getting participants to focus on application rather than concept memorization. Despite advances in learning methodologies, the read_lecture_discuss method still tends to be the preferred vehicle for conceptual learning. Unfortunately, the result is often people who can recite theories chapter and verse, but have difficulty finding any use for this knowledge beyond demonstrating that they are “educated.” The chapter proposes a learning approach that seeks to simultaneously combine experiential and cognitive learning about theory, illustrating this approach with various design examples and offering suggestions for debriefing a simultaneous cognitive and experiential learning design.

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