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Reflective practice: the enduring influence of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory

Reflective practice: the enduring influence of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory

Dennison, Paul (2010) Reflective practice: the enduring influence of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory. Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich, 09/10 (1). pp. 23-28. ISSN 2044-0081

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Abstract

Since 1984 David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) has been a leading influence in the development of learner-centred pedagogy in management and business. It forms the basis of Kolb’s own Learning Styles’ Inventory and those of other authors including Honey and Mumford (2000). It also provides powerful underpinning for the emphasis, nay insistence, on reflection as a way of learning and the use of reflective practice in the preparation of students for business and management and other professions. In this paper, we confirm that Kolb’s ELT is still the most commonly cited source used in relation to reflective practice. Kolb himself continues to propound its relevance to teaching and learning in general. However, we also review some of the criticisms that ELT has attracted over the years and advance new criticisms that challenge its relevance to higher education and its validity as a model for formal, intentional learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kolb, ELT, Experiential Learning Theory, reflective practice
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:05
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/1782

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