Experiential learning cycles on farms – teaching tool

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Children show us how to learn with ease: through curiosity, trial and error – that is, through motivation, experience, reflecting the experience, and planning an improved experience. This way of learning occurs naturally without us realizing that it’s taking place, and most of our applicable knowledge stems from such unconscious processes. If learning processes – be it workshops, courses or gardening groups – are consciously designed in such a cyclical way, we can learn effortlessly and make our joint knowledge visible. 

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Kinder zeigen uns, wie wir mit Leichtigkeit lernen: durch Neugier, Versuch und Irrtum – also durch Motivation, Erfahrung, Reflexion der Erfahrung und Planung einer verbesserten Erfahrung. Diese Art des Lernens geschieht ganz natürlich, ohne dass wir uns dessen bewusst sind, und der Großteil unseres anwendbaren Wissens stammt aus solchen unbewussten Prozessen. Wenn Lernprozesse – seien es Workshops, Kurse oder Gartengruppen – bewusst so zyklisch gestaltet werden, können wir mühelos lernen und unser gemeinsames Wissen sichtbar machen. 


aurhot: Susanne Hoffman-Souki, member of the board at the Agrecol (Association for AgriCulture and Ecology in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe)

illustration: Ola Arent  

Project funded by Culture of Solidarity Fund
Part of The Supermarket Museum International Web-Doc


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