Accommodating diverging learning styles
Kolb believes that effective learning occurs by a cyclic process of experiencing, reflecting, thinking, and acting; which he elaborates through his 4-stage experiential learning cycle theory (1974): Kolb defines four distinct learning styles in his Learning Styles theory.
An individual favors a certain learning style based on the inner cognitive make up, social influence, and educational background.
No matter what the choice is, the learning preference is the product of two conflicting variables known as the Processing Continuum and the Perception Continuum (University of Leicester, 2002).
Processing Continuum is the choice of the way of approaching and tackling a task.
Not surprisingly, divergers find professions in the arts and humanities -- such a choreography and literary scholarship -- highly engaging and satisfying. Schaller and his coauthors found that adult creative learners prefer to learn by collaborating and actively seeking out multiple perspectives.
Sociable, open-minded and reflective, divergers can improve concentration and learning by forming study groups to share differing views about and elaborate upon concepts taken from lectures and texts.
If you like theorizing and thinking things through before you act, you may be an assimilator.
Assimilators tend to do well in information and science careers and prefer being alone with their own thoughts to interacting with others.
Various factors influence a person's preferred style, for example, social environment, educational experiences, or the basic cognitive structure of the individual.
Based on Carl Jung’s personality types, the education theorist David Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) can help you to discover your individual learning-style preference.
You can use that knowledge to identify majors and learning strategies that align well with your strengths and interests.
Whatever influences the choice of style, the learning style preference itself is actually the product of two pairs of variables, or two separate 'choices' that we make, which Kolb presented as lines of axis, each with 'conflicting' modes at either end: A typical presentation of Kolb's two continuums is that the east-west axis is called the Processing Continuum (how we approach a task), and the north-south axis is called the Perception Continuum (our emotional response, or how we think or feel about it).
Kolb believed that we cannot perform both variables on a single axis at the same time (e.g. Our learning style is a product of these two choice decisions.These factors are well studied by the scholars in the past.