Experiential learning theory is based on the works of the predominant scientists of the 20th century, such as Dewey, who uses experience as the basis of learning; Lewin, who emphasizes the importance of individual effectiveness in the learning process; and Piaget, who does not see intelligence only as an innate trait but qualifies it as an end result of the interaction between people and the environment.
Experiential Learning is a holistic approach that covers all four (feeling, reflecting, thinking, acting) dimensions of learning.
David A. KOLB, the founder of experiential learning theory, defines learning as a process in which “experience is transformed into knowledge.”
Learning style describes the unique ways individuals spiral through the learning cycle based on their preference for the four different learning modes. Because of one’s genetic makeup, particular life experiences, and the demands of the present environment, a preferred way of choosing among these four learning modes is developed.
EDUCATOR ROLE PROFILES
The Kolb Educator Role Profile (KERP) provides a framework for assessing our preferred approach to educating others and maximizing our effectiveness in helping others learn and develop. It is based on a holistic typology of educator roles derived from Experiential Learning Theory.