The Impact of Experiential Learning Programs on Student Success (2009)

This document offers an analysis of 35 research studies that looked at the impact of experiential learning (EL) on student achievement, secondary school graduation, and students’ preparation for life after high school.

Regardless of the type of program or the quality of the study, the analysis suggests that EL programs had positive effects on career awareness and school retention rates, and on confidence, motivation, and social skills.

At the same time, the evidence of the impact of experiential learning on such measures of academic achievement as grades, standardized scores, or grade point average remains inconclusive, though the authors say it is reasonable to conclude that at the very least, EL programs do not appear to have a negative impact on student academic success.

To be successful, EL programs should be carefully thought out, the authors note. Students must be well prepared, and placements must be selected carefully, as inappropriate placements may discourage young people.

As well, the presence of a dedicated coordinator who oversees all aspects of a program is crucial to its success.

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2013-02-22
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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). The Impact of Experiential Learning Programs on Student Success 2009. Web. 4 Dec. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/impact_experiential_learning/impact_experiential_learning.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). The Impact of Experiential Learning Programs on Student Success. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/impact_experiential_learning/impact_experiential_learning.pdf
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