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Experiential Learning Cycle (Kolb)

The Experiential Learning Cycle

Kolb’s experiential learning style theory is typically represented by a four stage learning cycle in which the learner ‘touches all the bases’:

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1.Concrete Experience – (a new experience of situation is encountered, or a reinterpretation of existing experience).

2.Reflective Observation (of the new experience. Of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding).

3.Abstract Conceptualization (Reflection gives rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept).

4.Active Experimentation (the learner applies them to the world around them to see what results).