Round three, Im back again with another school of thought on Learning Styles with a Kung Fu kick. How do you approach a new task, action or observation? Do you jump into something or need to see a demonstration first, action or observation? How do you perceive something new, do you think about it first or do you feel it out, head or heart?
David Kolb formulated his Learning Styles theory back in the 80s (hair bands, Mr. T and spandex). In 1984, Kolb defined learning as the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Kolbs learning model has two layers, but here are the basics to help you be a lifelong learner. The focus is on experiential learning and how it affects the internal cognitive process. Its broke down into two levels; a four stage learning cycle and four separate learning styles.
The four parts are concrete experience (feeling), reflective observation (watching), abstract conceptualization (thinking) and active experimentation (doing). One axis defines how you process information and the other axis describes how you perceive things.
Now for the Kung Fu, it literally means to spend time and effort on learning new skills and craftsmanship to accumulate knowledge and abilities through practice. What in the world does this have to do with Learning Styles? Well, that definition sounds a lot like a lifelong learner to me! The goal is to understand what kind of Kung Fu master you are, how to strengthen your skills and wisdom and then how to apply it. Keep in mind when you learn, you go through the entire cycle of feeling, watching, thinking and doing. This theory helps explain what your preferences are and where you start on the cycle when you experience something new.
There arent any free, static links for the Kolb assessment but you can access the PDF I use in class HERE.
Print it out and follow the directions for the first yellow sheet, then take those numbers and plot them on the second yellow sheet. If you need some help, hit me up on twitter or email me at email@example.com . Chances are, you will recognize your learning style just by reading about it. Ill be presenting a Learning Styles workshop soon, let me know if you are interested!
Accommodating Kung Fu master- Implementer, feel and do, hands-on experience, acts on intuition instead of logic, rely on others for information, action oriented and wants results, quick adapter, prefers group collaboration, focus on the if.
Converging Kung Fu master- Optimizer, think and do, experiment with new ideas, practical ideas/theories, prefer technical tasks to social issues, likes to solve problems and evaluate processes, lots of concentration, focus the how.
Assimilating Kung Fu master- Conceptualizer, think and watch, learns by lectures, reading and exploring analytical models, logic over practicality, prefers abstract concepts and ideas instead of people, can summarize lots of information into concise, logical form, focus on the what.
Diverging Kung Fu master- Generator, feel and watch, learns well in groups and brainstorming sessions, wants personalized feedback, imaginative and concerned with feelings, open to experience, likes to observe and watch before taking action, can sense opportunities, focus on the why.
A Kung Fu master once said, A martial artist practices the fundamentals since the first day of his/her training to the last day of life. Remember learning is a lifelong process Kung Fu master.