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Kolb’s Learning Cycle - A-Z of Coaching & Mentoring


A - Z Coaching and Mentoring - This week's extract highlights Kolb's learning cycle, a useful model that focuses in on the learner's internal cognitive processes.

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle (1984) shows learning as a continuous process involving 4 stages:

  1. Concrete experience (feeling - a new experience or situation is encountered, or a reinterpretation of existing experience)
  2. Reflective observation (watching - of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding)
  3. Forming abstract concepts (thinking - gives rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept (the person has learned from their experience)
  4. Testing (experimentation) in new situations (doing) - the learner applies their idea(s) to the world around them to see what happens.

“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (Kolb, 1984)

Source: www.simplypsychology.org/learning-kolb.html



Taken from the A-Z Coaching Handbook by Clare Smale where you will find a comprehensive A-Z, plus a full list of references.

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