how they can be matched to the active reviewing cycle.
- This tutorial matches active and creative reviewing
methods to the learning cycle.
- You are welcome to try it out - for free! Please let me
how you get on! Write to:
- Once you have tried out the tutorial,
use the links below to
learn more about active reviewing.
about Active Reviewing
Art of Reviewing When reviewing experience it sometimes pays
to follow clearly sequenced
models, but the best reviews often flow from intuitive judgements about
what will work best.
active reviewing methods to the learning cycle. The context is outdoor
but the model applies to all ages and the methods are adaptable.
Reviewing: Bringing together the
worlds of talk and action describes active reviewing methods
used in management development. The principles apply to all ages.
and Reviewing in Outdoor Education
Considers the implications for facilitation style if you want to place
learners' experiences at the heart of the learning process. Lists
active reviewing methods suited to outdoor environments.
Many theories and
models of experiential learning emphasise learning at the expense of
experience. The links above should challenge you to re-evaluate the
left/right brain balance in your own approach to learning.
The methods described within this tutorial (and throughout reviewing.co.uk) will allow
to adopt a 'twin track' approach in your reviewing - resulting in motivated
learners moving towards their goals (combining
depth with progression).
the Learning Climate
and In Search of
provide an antidote to 'cycles' and 'sequencing' by looking at active
from the perspective of developmental theory (and a poem!).
As usual, you will find plenty of practical
examples of how you can apply these theories in your work.
- To find
more articles and ideas use the Article
Index, the Archives
(for 'Active Reviewing Tips') or
some well researched background into the importance of exploring
feelings and intuition
in the learning cycle, refer to one of these books by John Heron,
Founder of the Human Potential
Research Project at the University of Surrey. These links take you to
the relevant pages at amazon.co.uk:
'Emotional Intelligence' and Howard Gardiner's 'Multiple Intelligence'
provide even more angles on the value of emotions in learning.
and Personhood: Psychology in Another Key(hbk)
ISBN 0-8039-8729-3 (pbk)
Complete Facilitator's Handbook(pbk)
ISBN 0-7494-2972-0 (hbk)
Ashton's poem 'Factuality'
provides an alternative way of seeing the links between facts, feelings
Batista compares three experiential
learning cycles including the one presented here.
the Active Reviewing Cycle
desk staff responding to customer enquiries
This application of the reviewing cycle is not an active one but it
does follow the basic sequence: Facts, Feelings, Findings, Futures.
When a customer phones the help desk they are taken through the cycle
with a series of questions to investigate the facts, elicit feelings,
analyse the problem and provide a solution. So the reviewing cycle can
be used as a problem-solving cycle. Suitable questions at the feelings
stage help staff to appreciate that they are dealing with a person as
well as a phone. Discovering feelings may even help to diagnose the
the causes of a near miss incident
A potentially serious incident was investigated by collecting
information relating to each of the four zones of the cycle. The
incident was divided into several stages - each represented by a
flipchart divided into the four zones. Different coloured pens were
used to distinguish between comments from those who were present at the
incident used and those who were in touch by phone or by radio.
Experiential Marketing: How to Get Customers to Sense,
Feel, Think, Act, and Relate to Your Company and Brands by
Professor Bernd Schmitt looks as if it follows much the same sequence.
But the connection is not as close as it seems. The Active
Reviewing Cycle is an holistic approach to reflection and
review, while Experiential Marketing
is an holistic approach to marketing which includes concepts such as:
'Customer Experience Management', the 'Experiential Selling Paradigm',
'understanding what experience the customer wants' and 'creating
holistic experiences for customers'.
- Management Learning
Active Reviewing Cycle is included as a model in AMA course 8105 on
Advanced Training Strategies: Facilitating the Learning
Experience. [AMA = American Management Association International]
Look out for the next
tutorial. It will be about matching reviewing methods to
immediate needs (rather than to a learning cycle).
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