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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People with the Diverging style prefer to work in groups, to listen with an open mind and to receive personal feedback.

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

A note about Learning Styles in young people’s education, and by implication potentially elsewhere too: Also, individuals can be helped to learn more effectively by the identification of their lesser preferred learning styles and the strengthening of these through the application of the experiential learning cycle.

Honey and Mumford 1. They are best at viewing concrete situations from several different viewpoints. They commonly act on ‘gut’ instinct rather than logical analysis.

Kolb’s Learning Styles and Experiential Learning Cycle

Moreover Learning Styles objectors and opponents assert that heavy relience upon Learning Styles theory in developing and conducting young people’s education, is of questionable benefit, and may in some cases be counter-productive.

Various resources including this one in the past refer to the terms ‘activist’, ‘reflector’, ‘theorist’, and ‘pragmatist’ respectively representing the four key stages or learning steps in seeking to explain Kolb’s model. You must be careful how you use systems and methods with others, and be careful how you assess research and what it actually means to you for your own purposes. Arguably therefore the terms ‘activist’, ‘reflector’, ‘theorist’, and ‘pragmatist’ effectively ‘belong’ to the Honey and Mumford theory.


This learning style is prevalent and useful in roles requiring action and initiative.

They are all essentially the same thing with slight differences in presentation, available each in doc or PDF file fomats: People with an Accommodating learning style prefer to work in teams to complete tasks. They are all essentially the same thing with kokb differences in presentation, available each in doc or PDF file fomats:. The Learning Style Inventory: Ideas and concepts are more important than people.

It is possible to enter the cycle at any stage and follow it through its logical sequence. The matrix also highlights Kolb’s terminology for the four learning styles; diverging, assimilating, and converging, accommodating:. We choose a way of ‘grasping the experience’, which defines our approach to it, and we choose a way to ‘transform the experience’ into something meaningful and usable, which defines our emotional response to the experience.

Here are brief descriptions of the four Kolb learning styles: These learning styles are the combination of two lines of axis continuums each formed between what Kolb calls ‘dialectically related modes’ of ‘grasping experience’ doing or watchingand ‘transforming experience’ feeling or thinking: Kolb uses different words to describe the stages of the learning cycle and four learning styles They are interested in people, tend to be imaginative and emotional, and tend to be strong in the arts.

A Converging learning style qquestionnaire specialist and technology abilities. People with a Converging style like to experiment with new ideas, to simulate, and to work with lssi applications. People with an Accommodating learning style will tend questiknnaire rely on others for information than carry out their own analysis. Qeustionnaire, effective learning only occurs when a learner can execute all four stages of the model. But more than half the world believes there is, and most of the world’s development and civilisations have been built on such a belief.


People with a converging learning style are more attracted to technical tasks and problems than social or interpersonal issues.

Personal local situations can be quite different to highly generalised averages, or national ‘statistics’. The Assimilating learning preference involves a concise, logical approach. The similarities between his model and ours are greater questionnarie the differences.

Kolb’s Learning Styles: experiential learning theory –

Accordingly, use all systems and methods with care. These learning styles are the combination of two lines of axis continuums each formed between what Kolb calls ‘dialectically related modes’ of ‘grasping experience’ doing or watchingand ‘transforming experience’ feeling or thinking:. Here are free diagrams interpreting Kolb’s learning styles model. On which point, Learning Styles theories such as Kolb’s model and VAK are included on this website for very broad purposes.

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

Learning Styles This interpretation was amended and revised March Kolb explains that different people naturally klb a certain single different learning style. Simply, people who have a clear learning style preference, for whatever questionnaiee, will tend to learn more effectively if learning is orientated according to their preference. In formal learning situations, people with this style prefer readings, lectures, exploring analytical models, and having time to think things through.

These people require good clear explanation rather than a practical opportunity. So try to temper what you read with what you know and feel and experience. Having developed the model over many years prior, David Kolb published his learning styles model in Various factors influence questionnaite person’s preferred style. People with a Converging learning style are best at finding practical uses for ideas and theories.