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The 7th International Conference on Experiential Learning (ICEL 2000) was held in Aotearoa / New Zealand, at the close of the Year 2000, at the Campus of the University of Auckland. The Conference Theme was: Bringing the Outside Inside: Experiential Learning as the Mainstream for the Third Millenium. The Conference was held from December 4 to 8.

The Aotearoa / New Zealand conference carried forward and further developed some of the major concerns of the South African and Helsinki conferences, with a sharp focus on:

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The power and role of experiential learning in social change and development. 
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The role of experiential learning in the reconstruction of educational and organizational practice.
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ĚThe theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of experiential learning;
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The varying meanings of experiential learning in different cultures and contexts
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The role of experiential learning in constructive social change;
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The transformation of curriculum through the formal recognition of prior experiential learning; and
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The vast array of strategies and methodologies which are embedded in experiential learning.
The conference challenged 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.
The Conference Co-ordinator was Nena Benton, who has been a member of ICEL since the 1994 Conference in Washington, DC, and was given the responsibility for co-ordinating the arrangements for ICEL 2000 at the Cape Town conference.
 
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