S2 Draft – What Kind of A Learner Am I?
What Kind Of A Learner Am I? In this essay I will talk about David Kolbs experiential learning cycle (his theory); I will talk about his learning styles and explain how my preferences relate to Kolbs styles. I will then give a brief explanation on why I think this type describes me best and how I could be a better learner.
David Kolb published his learning styles model in 1984. Kolb's learning styles model and experiential learning theory are today acknowledged by academics, teachers, managers and trainers as truly seminal works; fundamental concepts towards our understanding and explaining human learning behavior, and towards helping others to learn (www.businessballs.com 2003-2012). Kolb’s experiential learning cycle describes a four stage cycle to explain learning. He says that the first stage, concrete experience is doing(observing), the second stage, reflective observation is thinking(reflecting), the third stage is abstract conceptualization is speculating(generalizations) and the last stage is active experimentation which is experimenting(testing implications). Kolb points out that this cycle recurs continuously. He suggests that each learner has a tendency towards a particular part of the cycle and that this is exhibited as a preference for specific types of learning activity that appeal to the individuals learning strengths (Learning to learn).
Kolb introduced four learning styles, namely: Converger, Diverger, Assimilator and Accommodator. He believes that everyone has a preferred learning style but it does not mean that they cannot operate effectively in other styles. As per his theory every person has a different learning style that suits their preferences and how they learn best. A converger is someone who can learn best by using abstract conceptualization and active experimentation, which is by speculating and experimenting, they enjoy problem solving, decision making, applying concepts and theories,...