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Experiential learning cycle

Kolb's experiential learning cycle (1984)


  • Develops metacognition
  • Encourages critical thinking
  • Provides opportunities for dialogue or feedback
  • Engages students in their own learning
  • Creates a more permanent record for later reference


  • Over self-critical inspection
  • Possibility of an infinite regress of reflection on action
  • Fear of the unknown reader
  • Negative thinking
  • Absence of an end point
Kolb's experiential learning cycle (1984) Coverging think and do Accommodating feel and do Diverging feel and watch Assimilating think and watch Concrete Experience Feeling Reflective Observation Watching Abstract Conceptualisation Thinking Active Experimentation Doing Processing continuum Perception continuum
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