A reknown theorist in the area of experiential learning, Kolb (1984, p. 41) defines learning in the following way:
Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping experience and transforming it.
The following video clip verbally describes the process of experiential learning (3:53) as an artist sketches the process and we recommend students watch this to gain a basic understanding of the main concepts.
Experiential Learning | 3:53 mins
The cycle of experiential learning developed by Kolb (1984) forms the basis of a model for reflective practice...
Figure 1 Kolb's, Experiential Learning cycle (Kolb, 1984)
Kolb's learning theory (Kolb & Fry, 1974) sets out four distinct learning styles, which are based on a four-stage learning cycle (see Figure 1). Kolb explains that different people naturally prefer a certain single different learning style. Various factors influence a person's preferred style.