Uncomfortably learning: risking experiential learning

Sherman Young

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This provocation reflects on the potential of new (and often uncomfortable) experiences to facilitate transformational learning and frames international experiential activities as a way to ensure that students leave their comfort zone. However, there is a risk that universities can be overly cautious in their approach and this chapter argues that—whilst needing to look after student well-being—universities have the responsibility to ensure that they do not stifle learning by equating uncomfortable experiences with unsafe ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe globalisation of higher education
Subtitle of host publicationdeveloping internationalised education research and practice
EditorsTimothy Hall, Tonia Gray, Gregory Downey, Michael Singh
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319745794
ISBN (Print)9783319745787
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • experiential learning
  • risk
  • comfort zone


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