|Kolb Learning Style Inventory - Version 3.1|
Interpreting Your Learning Style
Identifying Your Preferred Learning Style Type
|On the Cycle of Learning graph based on your answers (shown again at right), you can see that your scores form the general shape of a kite. Because each person's learning style is unique, depending on several dimensions of learning preferences, everyone's kite shape will be a little different. The learning preferences indicated by the shape of your kite tell you about your own particular learning style and how much you rely on that style.|
|Your primary learning
modes involve Active Experimentation
and Concrete Experience,
you prefer using the Accommodating style. You
like to put ideas that you have practiced into action, finding still
more uses for whatever has been learned. You tend to accommodate, or
adapt to, changing circumstances and information. The larger the shape
in the upper left quadrant, the more you rely on this style. Your kite
shape should be similar to one of these:
Understanding your learning style type, and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in that type, is a major step toward increasing your learning power and getting the most from your learning experiences.
|Learning Style Types|
While your kite shape explains your
relative preferences for the four phases of the learning cycle, your
combined scores will explain which of the four dominant learning styles
best describes you. The following chart takes your scores for the four
learning modes, AC,
RO, and subtracts them as follows:
The closer your data point is to the center of the grid, the more balanced your learning style. If the data point falls near any of the far corners of the grid, you tend to rely heavily on a particular learning style. If your data point falls near a corner of the grid in the un-shaded area, you tend to rely heavily on that particular learning style. If your data point falls in a shaded area then your style is characterized by a combination of the two adjoining learning style types. For example, if your data point falls in the shaded area between the Accommodating and Diverging quadrents your learning style is characterized by a strong orientation to Concrete Experience (CE) balanced by an equal emphasis on Active Experimentation (AE) and Reflective Observation (RO), and with little emphasis on Abstract Conceptualization (AC). If your data point falls in the middle shaded box, you balance CE & AC and AE & RO.
The characteristics of the basic learning style types are described through subsequent links below. The names of the learning style types are adopted from several established theories of thinking and creativity. Assimilating and Accommodating originate in Jean Paiget's definition of intelligence as the balance between the process of adapting concepts to fit the external world (Accommodating) and the process of fitting observations of the world into existing concepts (Assimilating). Converging and Diverging are the two essential creative processes identified in J. P. Guilford’s structure-of-intellect model and other theories of creativity.
|Basic Strengths of Each Learning Style|