All undergraduate students graduating from Missouri S&T are required to have an experiential learning activity as part of their degree requirement. There is a long tradition of experiential learning. One of the early proponents was John Dewey, the Progressive era education reformer. Dewey argued that educators should move from teaching abstractions to instruction based upon problem solving and learning by doing. In other words, educators should encourage students to apply what they are learning. As he wrote in 1938, “There is an intimate and necessary relation between the process of actual experience and education.”
Missouri University of Science and Technology Faculty Senate
Academic Freedom & Standards Committee of Missouri S&T Faculty Senate, "Missouri S&T Undergraduate Experiential Learning Standard & Operating Procedure" (2013). Academic Freedom & Standards. 1.