Kolb Learning Styles Presentation



hello my name is Monty Cox and this is the learning styles inventory presentation this presentation is based upon the work of David a Kolb and his work in regards to learning style inventory and experiential learning according to Kolb there are four different types of learning styles diverging assimilating converging and accommodating each one of these styles is made up of at least two of two sub components either concrete experimentation reflective observation abstract conceptualization or active experimentation and before I begin to talk about the four different learning styles in a bit more depth I'd like to go into these little sub components the concrete experimentation reflective observation the abstract conceptualization and the act of experimentation now to make it easy I'm going to choose a subject with which we are all familiar with which is cooking and specifically the making of chocolate chip cookies that in the concrete experimentation level we really are at the very very beginning of learning how to do something worth or our beginners we're not very knowledgeable we're going to be prone to making mistakes and we're gonna need to learn from experienced people and we might have to do a little bit of research in classes and books or online as you begin to actually work through the process and in this case of the the cookies that were making and you begin to do this at the for the first time you're going to have some reflective observation time where you're gonna sit back and think well what was the end result what were the reactions of others what was my reaction did I was it where's their reaction critical was it supportive is the process more clear to me is the concept more clear to me and is there a desire to continue to attempt this thing again and to keep on going this is the time where you're going to sit down and reflect about your first time trying this after you have gone through this through a couple of cycles of of the learning and the reflecting you're going to begin to work through some what's called the abstract conceptualization which is to now that you have a pretty good understanding of what the base components are on what the process is you're going to be able to work through and come up with some ideas on how you can change things here or there what did you like about the end result what did you not like what are some of the things that you can alter to change the outcome what things could be changed and what things could be either added or delete or what other kinds of combinations of things will work in this particular case instead of just using the regular old milk chocolate chip cookies we're gonna throw in a little bit of dark chocolate chip cookie or dark chocolate chips we're gonna throw in a little bit of raspberry flavoring and we're gonna throw in some red food coloring to boot and we're gonna see what that ends up doing with the the cookie and as we go through that particular process now we're gonna go and do the actual doing of putting all of that imagination to work but we're going to be doing it in a bit of a different way and seeing if we can come up with something totally new and in this particular case you look at the cookies over there on the right hand side and we have raspberry and dark chocolate chip cookies so this is the active experimentation part where we have really began to build on what we have already learned through the act of experimentation through the reflective observations and we begin to really see that that there's an immense amount of possibilities to what it is that we could be doing there's almost no limit as to what it is that you can come up with or continue to try and learning just kind of compounds on itself now we're gonna talk a little bit about the four learning styles the first learning style is the diverging learning style an individual that is that is really dominant with the diverging is going to have a strong concrete experimentation and reflective observation skills the separate person is going to love to work in groups in the case of making cookies that you could often see them either making it with their children or in big groups or doing some kind of a cooking thing in big groups they're people-oriented feeling oriented group oriented and they and they really do care about the diverse cultures that are out there the next one kind of a loner on this one I have to admit the assimilating this type of person is a combination of abstract conceptualization and reflective observation they really tend to perform their own research and form their own thoughts and they tend to work by themselves and they prefer reason and logic over working in groups this type of a person who's making chocolate chip cookies it's really going to be doing it by themselves but only after they have had a an opportunity to really sit down and read through a process and and become an expert on it in that regard the next one is the converging this type of person is a combination of extra abstract conceptualization and active experimentation these people are ideal problem solvers they enjoy the decisions the decision-making process and making decisions and they usually prefer to work on technical problems and they also tend to work alone so this particular person is going to really take a look at not only the end result but ask what went well what didn't go well how much flour do I need to add how much water should I have added or no water at all or how much are this that they're really looking at the end product right there and seeing how they can actually improve it so they're really doing quite a bit of an experimentation on this one the accommodating is also an interesting type there based upon concrete experimentation and active experimentation and they are good at the really really really good at trial and error problem-solving they're comfortable around people and they actually use a lot of their intuition to solve problems they they kind of build upon what others have done you'll find them really kind of gravitating towards the experts in the field that they are interested in and they're going to listen to those folks and they're going to take that information and go back home and experiment with it almost immediately as though they were the ones that have already learned everything that they've needed to learn they kind of work if you will a little bit I don't wanna say backwards but using that intuition they're building upon other people's work that has already been done and then deciding to how to go forward and what kind of experimentations to use and they're in in the future now in the work environment how are the four learning teams or four learning styles how do they how are they working together how should teams in a work environment be constructed and also sitting down thinking about how teams would come together you would think that maybe you should put some similar people together in in performing a task and in this particular example I used in the building or construction trades and if you bring together mechanical electrical structural chemical civil industrial and metallurgical or environmental engineering you bring those people together stick them in a room and tell me that you wanted to build a building they're gonna build one and it's going to work that's going to be functional and as a as a manager of that particular group you would think that you would be ecstatic at the end result that they are putting out there and you think you've got all your bases covered and on the surface it does look like that that is the case but if you just throw in a little bit of diversity in there such as having your architectural engineer in there all of a sudden it just takes on a whole new scope of things and you're able to create something through adding that diversity in there even if you're just missing one person or one team of diversity you're definitely missing out on what you could be could be building so the question is what's actually better is it better to have the a team of similar people or is it best to have the diversity and it really is best to have the diversity having those diverse teams is the key to achieving those spectacular results everybody coming in everybody really contributing to that and having those the diverse ways of solving problems the diverse ideas the concrete the abstract to bring them all in together very very critical to have all of those people coming in there and thank you very much for watching

12 thoughts on “Kolb Learning Styles Presentation”

  1. Good presentation. Although i use very similar procedure in terms of training .! This has given me a new insight of methods to put together.

  2. Thanks a great deal for this thought provoking presentation on learning styles. Now I realise why we sometimes succeed or fail in what we set out to do. Having compared the 4 learning styles, I discovered its advisable we build a resourceful team in order to achieve spectacular goal. Even when we embark on a project by ourselves, it wouldn't be out of place if embrace the basics of each of the discussed learning styles. Thank you so very much Cox

  3. Thanks for the presentation. I liked the progression, the chocolate chip illustration and the diversity illustration with the building construction example. The example however assumes that it is the engineering that is diverse rather than the person doing the engineering who can be either of the four learning styles. Perhaps we could modify the building construction example and say perhaps you have 2 assimilators, 5 convergers, 3 accomodators and 2 divergers, all engineers- then we have diversity in the final project. Something like what the Crown Prince of Dubai and his team putting together islands of real estate; or the tallest bridge in France being engineered- Millau Viaduct in Southern France.

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