Learning styles and learning spaces: Enhancing experiential learning in higher education

Learning styles and learning spaces: Enhancing experiential learning in higher education

Authors

  • Kolb Y . Kolb
  • David A . Kolb

Published

Academy of Management Learning and Education, 3 ed., vol. 42, pp. 193-212, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2005

Abstract

ABSTRACT Drawing on the foundational theories of John Dewey and Kurt Lewin, we examine recent developments in theory and research on experiential learning exploring how this work can enhance experiential learning in higher education. We introduce the concept of learning space as a framework for understanding the interface between student learning styles and the institutional learning environment. Use of the learning space framework in three case studies of longitudinal institutional development is illustrated. Finally, we present principles for the enhancement of experiential learning in higher education and suggest how experiential learning can be applied throughout the educational environment by institutional development programs, including longitudinal outcome assessment, curriculum development, student development and faculty development.