Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.” Students are developing skills, knowledge, and values from direct experiences.
Kolb’s experiential learning style theory is represented by a four-stage learning cycle where learners complete the cycle in order.
The learner completes the four stages by having a concrete learning experience. This is where the learner has a new experience, including a situational experience, the reinterpretation of a previous or a new experience. After the experience, they reflect on the experience and give it meaning by paying attention to inconstancies between the experience and their understanding. Once they have reflected, the learner integrates the experience with other experiences to develop explanations, modifications, and draw conclusions (abstract conceptualization) to learn from the experience. The conclusions then guide planning and decision-making that are implemented, leading to new concretes experiences.
Are you interested in learning more about Experimental Learning?
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Kolb’s Learning Styles and Experiential Learning Cycle http://cei.ust.hk/files/public/simplypsychology_kolb_learning_styles.pdf (Links to an external site.)