Experiential Education as a Process of Changing Mental Frames by Inducing Insight Learning


  • J. Duane Hoover
  • Ronald K. Mitchell
  • Di Wu


Experiential education is viewed as a process of multi-dimensional whole person learning. Meaningful learning outcomes are conceptualized as the product of the shifting or elevation of mental frames. A pedagogical model labeled as insight learning is presented as having four phases and constructs. Illustrations are provided of aspects of the insight learning process, as well as mechanisms that function to induce insight learning. Examples of both instructor and student roles in the process are given. A sample exercise precedes a summary of the insight learning concept.