Active Experimentation And Its Effects On Reality And The Starting Of The Cycle

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ACTIVE EXPERIMENTATION The active experimentation implies the starting of the process again; it is the phase of applying what has been learned from the experience (Kolb, 1984). To plan changes, learners need to have made conclusions from the abstract conceptualization step and put them into practice, renewing actions and assessing the effectiveness of those changes. This phase in simulation is the transformation of realism into reality and the starting of the cycle again. For Rudolph et al, (2006) this is the result of resolving previous behavioural dilemmas. For me, it is a question of incorporating the discovered knowledge in to our frames of reference, to allow the missing link to sink in. Once again, I consider that the degree of learning experience of the learner is important to achieve this. I have not been able to map this last step of Kolb’s cycle with a simulation experience as it happens post-simulation. Active experimentation is the testing of the new knowledge acquired during simulation against a real life experience. I personally see simulation like the platform for a rehearsed reality, like giving learners the opportunity to walk before they can run. For me, simulation is an opportunity to learn how to learn, to train one’s brain to stretch to new knowledge. Kolb raised the issue of educators’ difficulty not on implanting new ideas but on disposing or changing old ones. This difficulty could affect learning by simulation as we are talking about andragogy,

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