Essay On Experiential Learning Theory

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Back in 2011, I was given the opportunity to be one of the students that were interviewed for an exchange student programme to Turkey. I managed to succeed in the first ever interview that I went through in my life. Being one of the students that was able to experience this, it taught me a lot about how important it is to have the skills, knowledge and acceptance in order to adapt to different circumstances in life. In other words, this experience has identified my weaknesses and abilities to respond to change. I lived with my host family in Kayseri for two months. Besides, I also received the chance to travel and study in one of the schools in Kayseri.

Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory comprises of elements that are relatable to
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This theory supports the way how I think and how I managed my ability to reflect on my own behaviour during my experiences. Being in circumstances that I have never experienced made me realize that it was vital for me to reflect on what are the knowledges and skills that I should acquire before I go going to the interview, living with my host family, and going to school in Kayseri. Based on Stacey’s theory of complex responsive processes, paying attention to the quality of your own experience of relating and managing relationship with others, and taking other’s experience seriously will benefit both the person and people around them (Stacey, 2003). Additionally, as stated by Cameron and Green (2012), one of the four approaches to individual change is behavioural approach where one should emphasise on the idea of rewards and punishments to get them to behave in desired ways. Thus, since it was crucial for me to have self-awareness and awareness of others it was also crucial for me to take note about punishments and rewards so that I could effectively reflect on my behaviour. One of the experiences that I could relate to this theory is when I tried to be aware of what are the sensitivity sensitivities in the Turkish culture and the differences between their culture and mine so that I will not behave in any undesirable way that will result in disappointment to myself and my host

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