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An approach to experiential education - Ferre Laevers

An approach to experiential education - ferre laevers

Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • quality enhancement of practice through use of Laevers’ approach
  • supporting emotional well-being in children
  • supporting involvement.


Dr Ferre Laevers is a professor in Early Childhood Education and works at the University of Leuven in Belgium. In 1976, Professor Laevers embarked on a research project, which would encourage 12 Belgian (Flemish) pre-school teachers to take part in action research and reflect critically upon their own practice in relation to working with young children (OECD, 2004). This was an ‘experiential’ approach, involving a moment-by-moment description of what it means for a young child to live and take part in an educational environment. The model of experiential education (EXE) ...

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