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Cone of Experience


Definition: the Cone of Experience is a visual model by Edgar Dale composed of 11 layers of experiences / ways of learning. It is starting with "Direct, Purposeful Experiences" at the bottom of the cone and becoming more and more abstract as it reaches "Verbal Symbols" at the peak of the cone.
According to Dale, the less abstraction and the more senses are involved, the more meaningful and deep the learning will be.
Also referred to as the "Pyramid of Learning" and the "Learning Pyramid".


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