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Experiential Workplace Learning


Wed Apr 07 2010


(From the E-Learning Curve Blog) "Experiential learning theory (ELT) describes learning as "the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience" (Kolb, 1984, p.41).

We can say that ELT's attempts to express the holistic nature of the learning process can be described as a learning model in that it attempts to integrate, and portrays what Eickmann, Kolb & Kolb (Designing Learning, 2004) describe as


' \[two\] dialectically related modes of grasping experience - Concrete Experience (feeling) and Abstract Conceptualization (thinking) - and two dialectically related modes of transforming experience - Reflective Observation (reflecting) and Active Experimentation (acting). Individual learning styles are determined by an individual's preferred way of resolving these two dialectics.'"

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