David Kolb’s learning styles model, and more free online materials for as Kolb’s experiential learning theory (ELT), and Kolb’s learning styles inventory (LSI). which the person can actively test and experiment with, which in turn enable the. that his associated measure, the Learning Style Inventory (LSI), may be of Kolb measures learning styles by means of a self-description questionnaire, the. Kolb’s learning styles have been adapted by two management development This questionnaire is designed to find out your preferred learning style(s). Over.

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Kolb’s Learning Styles

These people require good clear explanation rather than practical opportunity. They prefer technical tasks, and are less concerned with people and interpersonal aspects. I am grateful to the anonymous person who pointed me towards a seemingly growing lobby among educationalists and educational researchers, towards the end of the first decade of the s, which I summarise very briefly as follows: The similarities between his model and ours are greater than the differences.

For example, Kolb says that his experiential learning theory, and therefore the learning styles model within it, builds on Carl Jung’s assertion that learning styles result from people’s preferred ways of adapting in the world.

People with a Converging style like to experiment with new ideas, to simulate, and to work with practical applications. Often your own experiences are likely to be more useful to you than much of the remote ‘research’ that you encounter through life.

Kolb’s Learning Styles: experiential learning theory –

Here are free diagrams interpreting Kolb’s learning styles model. The matrix also highlights Kolb’s terminology for the four learning styles; diverging, assimilating, and converging, accommodating:. As ever when two sides of a debate argue, there is a risk of babies being thrown out with bathwater, so to speak. Abstract Conceptualization reflection gives rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept The person has learned from their experience.


People with an Accommodating learning style prefer to work in teams to complete tasks. Reflective Observation of the New Experience – of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.

Kolb’s Learning Styles and Experiential Learning Cycle | Simply Psychology

People with a Converging learning style are more attracted to technical tasks and problems than social or interpersonal issues. Kolb’s learning theory sets out four distinct learning styles, which are based on a quesstionnaire learning cycle see above.

Ideally, activities and material should be developed in ways that draw on abilities from each stage of the experiential learning cycle and take the questionnaide through the whole process in sequence.

It’s often easier to see the construction of Kolb’s learning styles in terms of a two-by-two matrix. They are all essentially the same thing with slight differences in presentation, available each in doc or PDF file fomats: Both Kolb’s learning stages and cycle could be used by teachers to critically evaluate the learning provision typically available to students, and to develop more appropriate learning opportunities.

Kolb states that learning involves the acquisition of abstract concepts that can lxi applied flexibly in a range of situations.

People with a converging learning style are more attracted to technical quesitonnaire and problems than social or interpersonal issues. For example, social environment, educational experiences, or the basic cognitive structure of the individual.

Moreover, Learning Styles objectors and opponents assert that the use of, and certainly the heavy reliance upon, Learning Styles theory in formulating young people’s education strategies, is of questionable benefit, and may in some cases be counter-productive.


Whatever influences the choice of style, the learning style preference itself is actually the product of two pairs of variables, or two separate ‘choices’ that we make, which Kolb presented as lines of axis, each with ‘conflicting’ modes at either end:. They are interested in people, tend to be imaginative and emotional, and tend to be strong in the arts. They are best at viewing concrete situations from several different viewpoints.

Concrete Experience – a new experience or situation is encountered, or a reinterpretation of existing experience. Learning Styles [edit] Having developed the model over many years prior, David Kolb published his learning styles model in Our learning style is a product of these two choice decisions.

Towards the end of the first decade of the s a lobby seems to have grown among certain educationalists and educational researchers, which I summarise very briefly as follows: People with a converging style like to experiment with new ideas, to simulate, and to work with practical applications.

These people use other people’s analysis, and prefer to take a practical, experiential approach. Table of contents 1.

Educators should ensure that activities are designed and carried out in ways that offer each learner the chance to engage in the manner that suits them best. Kilb and Mumford say of their system:.