Experiental Learning

Experiental Learning

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Process by which experience is translated into concepts then used to guide choices in new situations, building new experiences. The theory of experiential learning has been developed by the psychologist David Kolb who sees immediate and concrete experiences as the basis for observation and reflection. These observations and reflections are assimilated and distilled into abstract concepts producing new implications for action which can be actively tested in turn creating new experiences. The Kolb’s experiential learning theory has four learning styles: [1]
Learning style Content Examples
Activists Concrete experiences, doing, having experiences Attending trainings workshop
Reflectors Reflective observation, reviewing, thinking Own self-reflections evaluations peer observation assessment
Theorists Converging, abstract conceptualization, exploring Readings, personal development
Pragmatists Accommodating, planning, using lessons learned, and active experimentation Effective change practical issues


  1. www.businessballs.com(30 June 2008), Learning and knowledge management, ALNAP Annual Review, 2002