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David Kolb received his BA in psychology, philosophy and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles described in Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include, Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning. He has received four honorary degrees recognizing his contributions to experiential learning in higher education.

David’s current research activities include studies of team learning that examine the influence of team members’ learning styles on the team’s learning and performance, research on learning flexibility, research on the cultural determinants of learning style and research on experiential learning in conversation. He is involved in a number of learning focused institutional development projects in education. This work emphasizes approaching an educational institution’s development by integrating development of curriculum, faculty, students and resources around a vision and mission that is focused on learning.

Curriculum Vita

PhD, Harvard University, 1967
MA, Harvard University, 1964
AB, Knox College, 1961

Initially Appointed: 1976

Interests and Courses


Experiential learning, Learning style and learning flexibility, Team learning


Experiential learning

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. 1973 - Present


  • Distinguished Paper Award, Decision Sciences Institute. (2011).
  • 2010 Organization Development Practitioner Journal Outstanding Article Award, (2010).
  • Educational Pioneers of the year 2008 (with Alice Kolb), National Society of Experiential Education. (2008).