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ERIC Number: EJ880653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0158-037X
Kolb's Experiential Learning Model: Critique from a Modeling Perspective
Bergsteiner, Harald; Avery, Gayle C.; Neumann, Ruth
Studies in Continuing Education, v32 n1 p29-46 Mar 2010
Kolb's experiential learning theory has been widely influential in adult learning. The theory and associated instruments continue to be criticized, but rarely is the graphical model itself examined. This is significant because models can aid scientific understanding and progress, as well as theory development and research. Applying accepted modeling and categorization criteria to Kolb's basic model reveals fundamental graphic syntax errors, a failure to meet modelers' graphic sufficiency and simplification tests, categorization and definitional problems relating to learning activities and typologies, misconstrued bi-polarities and flawed logic. We propose guidelines for recasting the model with a view to overcoming these weaknesses, guiding future research and theory development, and starting to integrate the disparate field of experiential learning. (Contains 1 table and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Style Inventory