Kolb's Learning Style Inventory and Kolb's Learning Cycle are
the two key models in current use relating to adult learning and
development. Knowing your own and your team's learning style allows
you to grow and develop more effectively, building skills and experience,
allowing you to meet your life goals.
Kolb's experiential learning theory builds on the work of Rogers,
Jung and Piaget, and was first published in 1984. Kolb's experiential
theory also links with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Honey and
Kolb's Learning Cycle
The principle of Kolb's learning cycle is that we all follow the
following four stages of learning as we acquire knowledge, experience
and skill. Concrete Experience provides a basis for Reflective Observation.
These observations can be distilled in to Abstract Concepts, which
are then Actively tested with Experimentation. Concrete Experience
of the experiments start over the Learning Cycle.
Kolb's Learning Style Inventory
People tend to have a preferred learning style, so will learn more
effectively if they have access to learning resources that utilize
their preferred learning style. People will tend to be frustrated,
affecting their ability to learn, if the only learning opportunities
available to them do not allow them to use their preferred learning
style. For example, an "Accommodating" learning style need to get
their hands on experience quickly, so will rebel against instructions
combination of Concrete Experience and Reflective Observation
Feeling and Watching
Like to gather information, good at brainstorming, interested
in people, see different perspectives, prefer group work, open
combination of Abstract Conceptualization and Reflective Observation
Watching and Thinking
Concise logical approach, ideas and concepts more important
than people, prefer lectures, reading, time to think
combination of Abstract Conceptualization and Active Experimentation
Doing and Thinking
Solve practical problems, prefer technical tasks, like experimenting
and simulation, less interested in interpersonal issues.
combination of Concrete Experience and Active Experimentation
Doing and Feeling
Hands on, attracted to new challenges and experiences, rely
on others instead of doing own analysis, action oriented, set
targets work hard in teams to achieve tasks.
Kolb's experiential learning theory links with Myers-Briggs Type Indicators.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicators
Extraversion and Introversion
Concrete Experience/Abstract Conceptualization
Thinking and Feeling
You can make use of Kolb's Learning Style Inventory and Kolb's Learning
Cycle when you consider adult learning and development. Knowing your
own and your team's learning style mean you can develop and achieve
personal development plans, allowing you to meet your life goals.
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