Increasing Knowledge by Leaps and Bounds: Using Experiential Learning to Address Threshold Concepts


  • Gerald F. Burch
  • Thomas Bradley
  • Jana Burch


The discussion of threshold concepts is growing in the management education literature. These concepts create challenges for students and instructors since they act as barriers to learning. The reward for overcoming these obstacles is the opening of new ways of thinking that were never available before the student mastered the threshold concepts. We propose in this article that experiential learning serves as the perfect means for addressing threshold concepts since experiential exercises facilitate active, social, and creative learning that is necessary to move the student through the preliminal, liminal, and postliminal stages of threshold concept mastery.