Building upon earlier work by John Dewey and Kurt Levin, American educational theorist David A. Kolb believes “learning is the process. This comprehensive and critical review of experiential learning theory and current research explores the development of experiential learning from its origins to. El aprendizaje experiencial: Kolb David Kolb () identifica que los cuatro modos de aprendizaje adaptativo (CE, RO, AC, AE) representan dos.

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A third example of experiential learning involves learning how to ride a bike, [12] a process which can illustrate the four-step experiential learning model ELM as set forth by Kolb [13] and outlined in Figure 1 below.

Since the publication of ‘Experential Learning’ inDavid Kolb has answered some of his critics while also adapting, developing and extending his Experiential Learning Theory. Third version is still undergoing examination.

For example following Lewin and others Kolb saw the opposite ‘poles’ of the learning cycle as important dialectical tensions e. Guide to Business Gaming and Experiential Learning. Prepared by Mark K. The idea of a manager reflecting like a scientist in isolation on events is like an ‘intellectual Robinson Crusoe’. David Kolb’s work has influenced the work of many in the learning, development and education fields.

Experiential learning articles + critiques of David Kolb’s theory

Critiques of David Kolb’s theory from a human potential perspective These extracts from the Human Potential Research Group Dictionary criticise the stereotypical application of David Kolb’s model and question how well the model matches the reality of how people actually learn through experience.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. There are many adaptations and uses of the model.

The Three Dimensions of Learning is an extraordinary book offering an overview and aprendizake examination of the experifncial significant American and European learning theories. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Kolb’s theory locates itself in the cognitive psychology tradition, and overlooks or mechanically explains and thus divorces people from the social, historical and cultural aspects of self, daid and action.


The paper is a critique of Experiential Learning Theory and its hypothesized construct validity. Critiques of David Kolb’s theory from a management education perspective In Behind and Beyond Kolb’s Learning Cycle Russ Vince appreciates the value of Kolb’s Learning Cycle before identifying experkencial key issues that constitute a critique of the cycle which he summarises as follows: David Kolb – from a training perspective Forrest David Kolb – from an informal education perspective Smith David Kolb – from an adult education and ESL perspective Kelly Expdriencial Kolb – from a psychological and philosophical perspective Heron David Kolb – from an experiential education perspective Loynes and Dickson David Kolb – from a lifelong education perspective Miettinen David Kolb – from a management education perspective Vince; Reynolds; Holman et al.

As many of the major contributors to the field have pointed out, experience has once again become a viable topic of discussion. The first stage, concrete experience CEis where the learner actively experiences an activity such as a lab session or field work. We should stop our focus on “learning as a rational exercise” and pay much aprendizsje attention to the “fundamental dimensions of bodily, psychic, cultural, and social engagements” as revealed by a diversity of research approaches and methods.

This may include for example, learning gained from a network of business leaders sharing best practice, or individuals being mentored or coached by a person who has faced similar challenges and issues, or simply listening to an expert or thought leader in current business thinking.

Learning aprsndizaje has good effects when learners have the desire to absorb the knowledge.

Now available in North America, it arendizaje be useful to adult educators dealing with human and organizational learning and development. Experiential learning requires self-initiative, an “intention to learn” and an “active phase of learning”.

Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: The National Society for Experiential Education is a membership association and networking resource promoting experience-based approaches to teaching and learning. But the focus of the critiques below is almost entirely focused on Kolb’s seminal work. But I can’t quite aprendizqje that the role expperiencial experience in learning was so completely overlooked until the ‘s.


Kolb’s interpretation of John Dewey’s ideas is compared to Dewey’s concepts of reflective thought and action. The evidence that other kinds of learning follow this pattern is weak. Alternative education Education theory Experiential learning Learning methods Critical pedagogy Experiential learning schools. Teaching Adventure Education Theory: Psychology in Another Key by John Heron up to index of critiques.

Experiential Learning (Kolb)

Miettinen, Reijo The concept of experiential learning and John Dewey’s theory of reflective thought and action, International Journal of Lifelong Education19 1January-February, pp Abstract from Miettinen David Kolb has himself been busy creating an ever-growing library of resources about experiential learning at Experience-based Learning Systems, Inc. Here’s a summary of the main criticisms as presented by Mark K.

For more about diagrams and models see the page: Critical reflection in adult education. In my own case, I found the results dubious. But they do describe a number of issues raised by others which I have summarised here: It concludes that all four modes are not required for learning to take place, and demonstrates that this component of the theory is rife with inherent contradiction and inconsistency.

Finally, the research addresses the use of dialectic tension as the mediating function of learning, by tracing the meaning of dialectic from its inception with Socrates through Karl Marx and up to its place in Experiential Learning Theory.

It may not help us understand and explain change and new experiences. Is experiential learning team building? Kolb’s theory is praised by some writers for the way in which it draws together several different theories into one.