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Theoretical Basis of Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle

Kolb (1984) says that “learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience”. He supports this conversion of experience into knowledge by six statements which form the theoretical basis for his learning cycle.

  1. "Learning is best conceived as a process, not in terms of outcomes". As you gain experience you update your ideas and you also become more skilled in getting new knowledge.
  2. "Learning is a continual process grounded in experience". Your learning process starts by a consideration of what you already know and believe to be true. You then update your knowledge based on the new ideas generated by experience.
  3. "The process of learning requires the resolutions of conflicts between dialectically opposed modes of adaptation to the world”. When you are learning your role moves from doing to reflecting to thinking and to analysing and planning.
  4. "Learning is a holistic process of adaptation to the world" {need to add explanation}
  5. "Learning is the transaction between the person and the environment"  {need to add explanation}
  6. "Learning is the process of creating knowledge"{need to add explanation}