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References for Experiential, Service Learning, Expeditionary,

Project Based Learning 

Experiential Learning is the foundation that supports and guides the other forms of educational styles.  Below are a few examples of the research on these learning modalities.  


Experiential Learning

Article:  “Kolb – Learning Styles” http://cei.ust.hk/files/public/simplypsychology_kolb_learning_styles.pdf

Book: Experiential Learning, The Source of Learning and Development by David A. Kolbe


David Kolb is an American psychologist and educational theorist. He is perhaps best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles.  He earned his undergraduate degree in 1961 from Knox College. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Today, he is a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.


Service Learning

Article:  “Service Learning and Experiential Education”


Book:  Service Learning Applications From the Research by Alan S. Waterman


Alan S. Waterman is a professor of Psychology at The College of New Jersey.  He has also written The Best Within Us, and The Psychology of Individualism.

Expeditionary Learning

Article: “Expeditionary Learning Schools: Theory of Action and Literature Review of Motivation, Character, and Engagement”

Beesley, Andrea; Clark, Tedra; Barker, Jane; Germeroth, Carrie; Apthorp, Helen


Project Based Learning

Article: “Project-based Learning”


Krajcik received his BA and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973 and 1983, respectively, and his PhD degree from the University of Iowa in 1986. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1990, and was promoted to associate professor in 1993, and professor in 1998. He served as associate dean for research in the School of Education from 2006 to 2010. Krajcik was appointed codirector of the IDEA Institute, a collaborative effort between the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the School of Education, in 2007.

Professor Blumenfeld received her B.A. degree from Brown University in 1968 and her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973. She joined the University of Michigan faculty as a lecturer in 1972, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1974, associate professor in 1978, and professor in 1987.

Professor Blumenfeld taught in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology. Her research focused on the influence of teacher behavior and classroom tasks on student motivation. Professor Blumenfeld’s work on socialization in schools explored the relationship between classroom management, norms, expectations, and a student’s sense of responsibility for learning. Her research on student engagement in urban areas revealed that student disengagement with school starts very early and is strongly influenced by instructional practices and policies. She also investigated the impact of curriculum design and inquiry instruction on student motivation and achievement in science.