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Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education

Alice Y. Kolb and David A. Kolb
Academy of Management Learning & Education
Vol. 4, No. 2 (Jun., 2005), pp. 193-212
Published by: Academy of Management
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Drawing on the foundational theories of John Dewey and Kurt Lewin, we examine recent developments in theory and research on experiential learning and explore how this work can enhance experiential learning in higher education. We introduce the concept of learning space as a framework for understanding the interface between student learning styles and the institutional learning environment. We illustrate the use of the learning space framework in three case studies of longitudinal institutional development. Finally, we present principles for the enhancement of experiential learning in higher education and suggest how experiential learning can be applied throughout the educational environment by institutional development programs, including longitudinal outcome assessment curriculum development, student development and faculty development.

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