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ERIC Number: ED441666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 7
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Kolb's Learning Cycle: An Alternative Strategy for Engineering Education.
Kuri, Nidia Pavan
The knowledge of exponential development, the multiple aspects of social problems, the fast technological advancements and the growing availability of advanced hardware and software are increasing demands on undergraduate engineering education and practice. Therefore, it is imperative that engineering teachers become able to accomplish much more than the simple assignment of transmitting information: they have to teach their students "how to learn" so the students will be prepared for any challenges. More effective teaching methods and techniques have to be considered beyond the traditional model, which is based on information transmission and fully centered on teachers' figures. However, this method's implementation fully requires comprehension of the available alternatives and the possibility of creating them by the teacher. This work aims to present David Kolb's ideas about learning styles and describes his empirical model--the Learning Cycle--as an alternative strategy to deal with the widely used traditional way of teaching engineering. The four styles or types of learning identified by Kolb derive from the manner in which people perceive and process new information. Each one these styles is associated with some typical questions that represent the internal structure of learning, which can be seen as a standard model for new concepts of learning and can be used regardless of subject matter. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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