Experiential Learning Theory Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) provides a holistic model of the learning process and a multilinear model of adult development, both of which are consistent with what we know about how people learn, grow, and develop. -David A. Kolb(Theory Originator)
Diverging -dominantly use CE and RO. These types of learners view “concrete situations” from many different viewpoints. They learn best when working in groups, listening with open minds, and receiving personalized feedback.
Assimilating -dominantly use AC and RO. These types of learners can take a wide range of information and put it into a more logical, concise form. They learn best through readings, lectures, viewing analytical models, and having time to think things through.
Converging -dominantly use AC and AE. These types of learners find practical uses for ideas and theories. They learn best through experimenting with new ideas, simulations, lab assignments and practical applications.
Accommodating -dominantly use CE and AE. These types of learners favor “hands-on experience.” They learn best when working with others to finish assignments, set goals, field work, and testing ways to complete a project.
As an Elementary Ed major, I chose to research an upper level learning theory. This is how my students will learn in the future. As a teacher, it is my respondsibility to educate students in the best way possible so that they may attain a quality education. To teach with the ELT model at a young age may be helpful- I can utilize group work and hands-on experience so that my students may learn through doing. Cognitive reflection of the activity will allow the student to understand what they have learned through such experience.
For example, I could assign a group science project on which soil helps plants grow faster. Through this hands-on assignment, the students will not only perform the experiment, but learn how and what it takes for a plant to grow.