Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development

Series
Pearson
Author
David A. Kolb  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
416
Pub.-date
December 2014
ISBN13
9780133892406
ISBN
0133892409
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Experiential learning is a powerful and proven approach to teaching and learning that is based on one incontrovertible reality: people learn best through experience. Now, in this extensively updated book, David A. Kolb offers a systematic and up-to-date statement of the theory of experiential learning and its modern applications to education, work, and adult development.

 

Experiential Learning, Second Edition
builds on the intellectual origins of experiential learning as defined by figures such as John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, Jean Piaget, and L.S. Vygotsky, while also reflecting three full decades of research and practice since the classic first edition.

 

Kolb models the underlying structures of the learning process based on the latest insights in psychology, philosophy, and physiology. Building on his comprehensive structural model, he offers an exceptionally useful typology of individual learning styles and corresponding structures of knowledge in different academic disciplines and careers. Kolb also applies experiential learning to higher education and lifelong learning, especially with regard to adult education.

 

This edition reviews recent applications and uses of experiential learning, updates Kolb's framework to address the current organizational and educational landscape, and features current examples of experiential learning both in the field and in the classroom. It will be an indispensable resource for everyone who wants to promote more effective learning: in higher education, training, organizational development, lifelong learning environments, and online.

Features

The definitive guide to experiential learning: now fully updated with an improved model, new applications, new examples, and more

  • Presents the most complete and up-to-date model of the underlying structures of the learning process
  • Reflects the latest cross-disciplinary research in psychology, philosophy, physiology, and other fields
  • Offers indispensable insights into the use of experiential learning in higher education, lifelong learning, and adult education
  • By pioneering experiential learning researcher and practitioner Dr. David A. Kolb, Chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS)

Table of Contents

Foreword x

About the Author xii

Preface xiii

Introduction xvi

Part I  Experience and Learning

Chapter 1  The Foundations of Contemporary Approaches to Experiential Learning 1

Experiential Learning in Higher Education: The Legacy of John Dewey 4

Experiential Learning in Training and Organization Development: The Contributions of Kurt Lewin 8

Jean Piaget and the Cognitive-Development Tradition of Experiential Learning 12

Other Contributions to Experiential Learning Theory 15

Update and Reflections    19

Foundational Scholars of Experiential Learning Theory 19

Liminal Scholars 20

Contributions to Experiential Learning 23

Chapter 2  The Process of Experiential Learning 31

Three Models of the Experiential Learning Process 32

Characteristics of Experiential Learning 37

Summary: A Definition of Learning 49

Update and Reflections 50

The Learning Cycle and the Learning Spiral 50

Understanding the Learning Cycle 50

The Learning Spiral 61

Part II  The Structure of Learning and Knowledge

Chapter 3  Structural Foundations of the Learning Process 65

Process and Structure in Experiential Learning 66

The Prehension Dimension-Apprehension Versus Comprehension 69

The Transformation Dimension-Intention and Extension 77

Summary 85

Update and Reflections 87

Experiential Learning and the Brain 87

James Zull and the Link between the Learning Cycle and Brain Functioning 88

My Brain Made Me Do It? 94

Chapter 4  Individuality in Learning and the Concept of Learning Styles 97

The Scientific Study of Individuality 98

Learning Styles as Possibility-Processing Structures 100

Assessing Individual Learning Styles: The Learning Style Inventory 104

Evidence for the Structure of Learning 111

Characteristics of the Basic Learning Styles 114

Summary and Conclusion 135

Update and Reflections 137

Individuality, the Self, and Learning Style 137

Western and Eastern Views of the Self 138

Experiential Learning and the Self 139

Learning Style 141

Chapter 5  The Structure of Knowledge 153

Apprehension vs Comprehension—A Dual-Knowledge Theory 154

The Dialectics of Apprehension and Comprehension 159

The Structure of Social Knowledge: World Hypotheses 164

Summary 173

Social Knowledge as Living Systems of Inquiry—The Relation between the Structure of Knowledge and Fields of Inquiry and Endeavor 175

Update and Reflections 186

The Spiral of Knowledge Creation 186

Personal Characteristics and Ways of Knowing 188

Knowledge Structures and Disciplinary Learning Spaces 190

The knowledge Structures of Experiential Learning 192

Part III  Learning and Development

Chapter 6  The Experiential Learning Theory of Development 197

Learning and Development as Transactions between Person and Environment    198

Differentiation and Integration in Development 199

Unilinear vs Multilinear Development 201

The Experiential Learning Theory of Development 205

Consciousness, Learning, and Development 210

Adaptation, Consciousness, and Development 216

Update and Reflections 225

Culture and Context 226

Individual Differences and Multilinear Development 227

Integration and Advanced Stages of Adult Development 228

Implications for Experiential Learning Theory Development Theory 234

Chapter 7  Learning and Development in Higher Education 239

Specialized Development and the Process of Accentuation 242

Undergraduate Student Development in a Technological University 244

Professional Education and Career Adaptation 261

A Comparative Study of Professional Education in Social Work and Engineering 263

Managing the Learning Process 276

Implications for Higher Education 283

Update and Reflections 287

Becoming an Experiential Educator 287

Chapter 8  Lifelong Learning and Integrative Development 311

Adaptive Flexibility and Integrative Development 315

On Integrity and Integrative Knowledge 327

Update and Reflections 333

Lifelong Learning and the Learning Way 333

Bibliography 355

Index 377

 

Back Cover

David A. Kolb’s Definitive Statement of Experiential Learning Theory (ELT): Reflecting 30 Years of New Research and Theoretical Advances

  • A complete structural model of learning, integrating modern insights from psychology, philosophy, and physiology
  • Ranges from ELT’s history to its newest applications in higher education and lifelong learning
  • Introduces the powerful nine-style Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0 with assessment of learning flexibility

In this revised edition of Experiential Learning, David A. Kolb offers the most complete and up-to-date statement of Experiential Learning Theory (ELT), an approach that has shaped the fields of human learning and development for decades. Kolb adds new research and reflections at the end of each chapter, preserving his original theory while illuminating key advances and theoretical issues raised during the past 30 years.

 

After reviewing ELT’s historical roots, Kolb turns to contemporary applications in education, organization and management development, and adult learning. Next, he introduces a structured model of the learning process based on two key dimensions: prehension and transformation.

 

Kolb explores new linkages between ELT and modern research into neuroscience, learning styles, and personal types; and introduces his improved Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0 assessment. Finally, he shares important new insights into adult development, specialization in higher education, and integrative development for lifelong learning.

 

Experiential learning is a singularly powerful approach to teaching and learning that is based on the fact that people learn best through experience. Now, in this extensively updated book, David A. Kolb offers the most complete and up-to-date statement of the theory of experiential learning and its modern applications in education, work, and adult development.

 

Experiential Learning, Second Edition builds on intellectual origins defined by figures such as William James, John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, Jean Piaget, and L. S. Vygotsky, while also reflecting three full decades of research and practice since the classic first edition.

 

Kolb models underlying structures of learning based on the latest insights in psychology, philosophy, and physiology. Building on a comprehensive learning cycle model, he offers an exceptionally useful typology of nine individual learning styles, and corresponding structures of knowledge in diverse academic disciplines and careers. He also applies experiential learning to higher education and lifelong learning, especially with regard to adult education.

 

This edition reviews recent applications of experiential learning, updates Kolb’s framework for today’s organizational and educational landscape, and features new examples in the field and classroom. It will be valuable for anyone who wants to improve learning anywhere: in higher education, training, organizational development, lifelong learning environments, and online.

 

New reflections on the roots, history, and future of ELT
Progress on the trail blazed by James, Dewey, Follett, and Vygotsky

 

Learning cycles and learning spirals: a dynamic view of human learning
Learning by resolving the dual dialectics of action/reflection and experience/abstraction

 

Nine learning styles: the Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0
Reliably identifying learning styles and learning flexibility based on 30+ years of empirical and clinical research

 

Becoming an experiential educator
Finding a better way to help learners learn

Author

David A. Kolb is the Chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), an organization that he founded in 1980 to advance research and practice on experiential learning. EBLS conducts basic research on Experiential Learning Theory and has developed many experiential exercises and self-assessment instruments including the latest Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0. The EBLS program of research on experiential learning is ongoing in collaboration with an international network of researchers, practitioners and learning partners.

 

He received his BA in psychology, philosophy, and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. He was a professor of organizational behavior and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior.

 

He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles described in this book, Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition, he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning.

 

David A. Kolb has received several research recognition awards and four honorary degrees recognizing his contributions to experiential learning in higher education.

 

For more information about his work, go to www.learningfromexperience.com.