International Consortium for Experiential Learning Conference, 4-8 December 2000

3 August 2000

The International Consortium for Experiential Learning Conference will
be held in New Zealand from 4-8 December 2000. There are only two weeks
left in which to submit proposals for papers, workshops, etc.

For more information about the conference, visit the Web Site at:

Or write, fax, or e-mail the conference organizers at:

"ICEL 2000"
c/o James Henare Maori Research Centre
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92-019
Aotearoa/New Zealand

Fax: +64-9/373-7458




WHO . . .
ICEL is a network of organizations and individuals whose aim is to
promote experiential learning at a global and international level. It is
governed by a steering committee who works through a network of country

ICEL offers an international forum for dialogue among practitioners,
theoreticians and administrators in the diverse fields of experiential
learning. It is particularly concerned with experiential learning as a
vehicle for personal, social, and global change as well as institutional
and community applications.

1. To develop and promote concepts, practices and research in
experiential learning in settings.

2. To maintain active international and cross-disciplinary dialogue
among practitioners, theoreticians, administrators and policy makers
from the diverse fields of experiential learning.

3. To support and promote the key values underlying experiential
learning, e.g. personal and collective responsibility and empowerment,
active participation in process-orientated learning, transformation of
experience through learning into constructive action, sustaining a
framework for learning that supports the above.

4. To liaise with, develop, and validate national initiatives which
support experiential learning. To these ends ICEL's biennial conferences
bring together educators; practitioners; academics; teachers; community,
social, and cultural activists; policy makers; researchers; students;
workplace trainers; trade unionists; therapists; health workers; early
childhood educators; literacy teachers; government, business, and
community leaders; and many other people from around the world.

A new steering committee is elected at each ICEL conference. Each
committee member's term of office lasts from one conference to the next.

The current members (elected at the Sixth Conference in Finland in July
1998) are:

Chris Bond -- United Kingdom --
Annikki Jarvinen -- Finland --
Heracleo Lagrada -- Philippines -- Fax: + 63-2/938-4153
Chiza Kim -- Korea --
Don Castleden -- Canada --
Katrina Geurkink -- USA --
Lucia Vardanega -- Australia --
Richard Benton -- New Zealand --
Nena Mijoc -- Slovenia --
Tony Saddington -- South Africa --

Experiential learning refers to a spectrum of meanings, practices and
ideologies which emerge out of the work and commitments of policy
makers, educators, trainers, change agents, and 'ordinary' people all
over the world.

They see 'experiential learning' - with different meanings - as relevant
to the challenges they currently face: in their lives, in education, in
institutions, in commerce and industry, in communities, and in society
as a whole.

Across such diversity, however we discern four emphases for experiential

"Each emphasis forms the basis for a cluster of interrelated ideas and
concerns ... We have chosen to refer to these clusters of people and
ideas as 'villages' ... we see the four villages as follows:

Village One is concerned particularly with [the recognition of prior
learning through] assessing and accrediting learning from life and work
experience as the basis for creating new routes into higher education,
employment and training opportunities, and professional bodies.

Village Two focuses on experiential learning as the basis for bringing
about change in the structures, purposes and curricula of post-secondary

Village Three emphasizes experiential learning as the basis for group
consciousness raising, community action and social change.

Village Four is concerned with personal growth and development and
experiential learning approaches that increase self-awareness and group

(Quote from Susan W Weil and Ian McGill, "A Framework for making sense
of Experiential Learning" in Making Sense of Experiential Learning,
Susan S. Weil and Ian McGill (eds), SRHE/OU Press, Milton Keynes, 1989,
p.3. This book contains an edited selection of the papers presented at
the First International Conference on Experiential Learning in 1987.)



ICEL 2000 - Call for Presentations


Proposals are invited for presentations at ICEL 2000 - the seventh
gathering of the International Consortium for Experiential Learning, to
be held at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, from
4-8 December 2000.

For more information about the conference, visit our Web Site at:

Or write, fax, or e-mail the conference organizers at:

"ICEL 2000"
c/o James HenareMaori Research Centre
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92-019
Aotearoa/New Zealand

Fax: +64-9/373-7458


Proposals may take the form of:

Discussion Groups
Posters and displays

related to the experiential learning generally, and especially to the
theme of the conference: "Bringing the outside inside: Experiential
learning as the mainstream for the third millennium, highlighting the
power and role of experiential learning in social change and development
and the role of experiential learning in the reconstruction of
educational and organizational practice."

The conference will seek to challenge us to reflect on the relevance of
experiential learning in efforts to build a more just and open society,
and on the role of experiential learning, its facilitation,
encouragement and recognition, in enabling personal and local action to
have regional and global impact in the reconstruction and holistic,
sustainable development of our world.

We particularly encourage workshops and other presentations in which a
high degree of audience participation is possible and encouraged.

We will try to group papers together into symposia, and we encourage all
presenters to speak to their papers rather than simply read a written
text. All abstracts (for papers, posters, symposia, and other
presentations) will be refereed. We will also arrange for papers to be
refereed when this is requested. Refereed papers regarded as suitable
for publication will be included in the published Proceedings of the
Conference. We will be asking presenters of papers, whether refereed or
not, to let us have copies of the full text of the paper several weeks
in advance of the Conference, so that they can be circulated to other
presenters in the same group, to stimulate an exchange of ideas and
views during the presentations, rather than simply having a sequence of
loosely related discourses.

Although the details cannot be worked out until we know how many
presentations are offered and accepted, we intend to have a few plenary
presentations (keynote speakers and/or symposia) followed by papers and
workshops in the mornings, and reserve most afternoons for a choice of
site visits which will form an integral part of the Conference, and
which, we hope, will result in enjoyable and valuable experiential
learning by all participants.

We will also assist individuals and groups wishing to run pre- and
post-conference workshops and activities to do so.

Your proposal does not have to follow any particular format, but it
should state clearly (a) who you are, (b) how we can contact you,
(c) what you intend doing, (d) if you are giving a paper, do you wish the
full paper to be peer-reviewed, and (e) what the presentation will be
about (title / topic). Include (f) an abstract or description of the
intended content of your presentation; along with information about (g)
what kind of audience involvement you would like (and how you propose to
try to secure this), (h) what limits (if any) need to be placed on the
number of people attending your presentation, (i) how much time you will
need, (j) what equipment and facilities you will likely need; and,
finally, some biographical information about yourself, and especially on
your involvement and interests in fostering experiential learning.

Send your proposal by regular or electronic mail or fax to:

Dr. Richard A. Benton
James Henare Maori Research Centre
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92-019
Aotearoa/New Zealand

Fax: +64-9/373-7458



Earlier submission would, however, be greatly appreciated. If too many
acceptable proposals are received in any category, priority for
inclusion will be determined by order of receipt.