Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory
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The paper focuses on David A. Kolb's theory of experiential learning where he illustrates that each individual adopts one of four main learning styles. The paper defines and discusses these four styles, labeled as the activist, reflective, theorist and pragmatist or concrete styles. The paper notes that none of these definitions entirely describe any one person, rather a specific style can develop and enhance an individual's current circumstances or future progress.
From the Paper:"Kolb in his research developed a theory whereby he illustrated that each individual adopted one of four main learning styles. He followed a view that the development of a style followed much the same pattern as any behaviour implemented and developed by that individual. In identifying these learning styles he has provided us with an important tool for refining and maximising not only our methods of learning but also impacting on our styles of leadership, business interaction etc. His original model of learning styles has been modified and updated over the years by various learning theorists but is essentially the work that we base our understanding of this topic on. There are those detractors who argue that the work is over simplified and non-specific with flaws in deductions drawn from the model but they have yet to significantly alter the direction that his research has led in."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Clark, Don (2001 January) http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/history/history.html using Kolb, David A (1984) Experiential Learning: Experience as the source of learning and development.
- Henke, Harold (1996, 2001) Learning Theory: Applying Kolb's Learning Style Inventory with Computer Based Training.
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