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What is a Learning Style?

Introduction Four Stage Cycle of Learning Example of Cycle of Learning Kolbs Learning Styles
Converging Diverging Assimilating Accommodating


The way in which an individual gathers information and processes and evaluates it during the learning process

Kolb created a learning style model in 1984 to evaluate the way people learn and with ideas in day to day life Set out 4 distinct learning styles Understood everyone learns differently, attempted to cover all learning styles with his model

Offers a way to understand individuals learning styles He believes that to learn a person will go through each stage in the cycle

Polar opposites of cycle are CE and AC, and AE and RO

(Learn from Experience Fast and Deep, n.d.)

Example: Riding a bike Reflective Observation: Think and watch someone ride a bike Abstract Conceptualization: Understand the theory and concept Concrete Experience: Receiving tips and techniques Active Experimentation: Ride the bike

Combination of stages in the learning cycle Determines the results of each individual learning style 4 types of learning styles
Converging Diverging Assimilating Accommodating

Combines AC and AE Thinking and doing People focus on problem solving and practical application Example: Engineers

Combines CE and RO Feeling and watching More creative and better at idea-generation Tend to be imaginative and emotional, strong in the arts

Example: Artist

Combines AC and RO Thinking and watching Less interested in people and more interested in ideas and concepts Prefers readings, lectures and having time to think things through

Example: Accountant

Combines CE and AE Feeling and Doing Relies on intuition rather than logic Use others information to carry out their own plan

Example: Marketing/Sales

Must be aware of each individual learning style Must be able to adapt to each individual learning style for effective communication Will result in more effective learning and workplace

Business Balls. (2010). Leadership/Management: David Kolb's Learning Styles. Retrieved January 24, 2012, from Business Balls: Saks, A., & Haccoun, R. (2010). Managing Performance Through Training And Development, 5th ed. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd.

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Learn from Experience - Fast and Deep. (n.d.). Retrieved from