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1 “Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” David Kolb

2 Learning Styles: Student Engagement May 5, 2009 Susan Ludwig Ext. 6099

3 Learning Styles: Student Engagement Agenda Warm-up The Learning Process Self as Learner Application to Teaching Wrap up

4 Learning Styles: Student Engagement Outcomes Identify and describe your own learning style Compare Kolb’s Learning Styles Explain how understanding different learning styles creates an effective learning environment Give examples of Teaching and Learning strategies that can be incorporated into the classroom

5 The Experiential Learning Cycle Concrete Experience Participates in an experience (Feeling /”Gut”) Reflective Observation Makes sense of the experience (Watching /”What”) Abstract Conceptualization Makes generalizations, develops theories (Thinking/”So What”) Active Experimentation Implements new action Experiments with new ways (Doing/”Then What”) Lewin, K. 1947

6 Retention of Learning 20% AC 50% AC + RO 70% AC + RO + CE 90% AC + RO + CE + AE Source: 2006 Hay Group

7 Learning Styles (Kolb, 1976) ACCOMMODATING CONVERGING DIVERGING ASSIMILATING CE AC AERO

8 Accommodator Learn primarily by “hands-on” Act on “gut” rather than logical analysis (intuitive) Rely more heavily on people for information than technical analysis Like getting involved in new experiences Task oriented

9 Diverger View concrete solutions from many different points of view Like brainstorming, idea generation Observe rather than take action Imaginative, creative

10 Assimilator Focus more on abstract ideas and concepts than people More important that theory is sound rather than have practical value Can take a wide range of information and put it into concise, logical form

11 Converger Practical application of ideas Solution focused – decision maker Prefer dealing with technical problems rather than social or interpersonal issues Does best when there is a single right answer

12 Reflective Observation Watching Concrete Experience Feeling Active Experimentation Doing Abstract Conceptualisation Thinking Processing Continuum how we do things Percep tion Contin uum how we think about things Assimilating (think and watch) AC/RO Diverging (feel and watch) CE/RO Converging (think and do) AC/AE Accommodating (feel and do) CE/AE Kolb's learning styles © concept david kolb, adaptation and design alan chapman , based on Kolb's learning styles, 1984Kolb's learning styles

13 Learning Style Discussion 1) What are some strategies / techniques you would suggest incorporating as teacher in order to engage your style of learning? 2) As a teacher - how is this preference reflected in your teaching style?

14 Additional Resources Pfeiffer,J.W., & Ballew, A.C. (1998). Using structured experiences in human resource development (UATT Series, Vol. 1). Sand Diego, CA: University Associates. Kolb, D., Rubin, I.M., and Osland, J.M. Organizational Behaviour, an Experiential Approach Kolb, David Learning Style Inventory. Hay Group Mackeracher, Dorothy Making Sense of Adult Learning. Culture Concepts Inc. www2.glos.ac.uk/gdn/discuss/Kolb1.htm


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