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ERIC Number: EJ956094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
An Exploration of Reflection: Expression of Learning Style in an International Experiential Learning Context
Lamm, Alexa J.; Cannon, Karen J.; Roberts, T. Grady; Irani, Tracy A.; Snyder, Lori J. Unruh; Brendemuhl, Joel; Rodriguez, Mary T.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v52 n3 p122-135 2011
Experiential learning techniques have been used in agricultural education programs for decades. An essential part of this experiential learning process is reflection. Kolb (1984) stated "knowledge results from the combination of grasping experience and transforming it" (p. 41) in a process that involves using reflection. Few researchers have tried to understand how learning style affects reflection when experiential learning techniques are employed. Using Kolb's theory of experiential learning, the researchers explored how adult learners reflected during an experiential learning program in Costa Rica, based on analysis of reflective journals. Participants also completed the Kolb's learning style inventory to determine individual preferred learning styles. The researchers examined the journals of participants for evidence of their expressed learning style and used content analysis to interpret the categorical thematic expressions of the participants. Results indicated that themes surrounding learning style were evident throughout the journals and varying levels of reflection were discovered. The results of this research imply educators should consider multiple methods of reflection when developing experiential learning programs. (Contains 1 figure.)
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Style Inventory