ERIC Number: ED456089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Going around the Circle Again: Exploring Kolb's Theory of Growth and Development.
Johns, Krista R.
Thirty years after their development, David A. Kolb's Cycle of Learning and Learning Style Inventory are widely used to understand the stages of learning and the ways people prefer to receive and process new information. The model and the self-assessment are both based on Kolb's experiential learning theory, which emphasizes the need for learner involvement in educational activities. The Learning Style Inventory is used in faculty development courses to give judges, who serve as peer instructors, an understanding of the individual preferences for certain learning experiences and the need to use teaching methodology that addresses those preferences. While the learning cycle has tremendous benefit for judicial educators, there is another aspect of Kolb's model that may be equally important: the theory of growth and development. This paper revisits Kolb's model, including the aspects related to growth and development. The model's relevance is explored in light of recent research in both brain learning and how to foster deep learning, along with applications of the model for judicial educators. The paper contends that judicial education can be greatly enriched through the introduction of methodology both in and outside the classroom that integrates principles of participant-centered deep learning. (Contains 26 notes.) (BT)
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Individual Development, Law Schools, Learning Theories, Models
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State Justice Inst., Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno, NV.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Style Inventory