Abstracting The Concrete, Concretizing The Abstract: Reframing Diversity Education Through Experiential Learning Theory

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J. Goosby Smith


Diversity Education, Multicultural Education, Experiential Learning


Framed by Kolbs (1984) Experiential Learning Theory (ELT), this article proposes ways to enhance diversity educations effectiveness for all learnersregardless of identity group membership. It uses ELT to explain a faulty foundation upon which many diversity initiatives are built and to offer a solution to increase the learning outcomes of both majority and minority learners. The article offers propositions to guide future diversity education efforts.


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