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The Learning Way: Learning from Experience as the Path to Lifelong Learning and Development

Angela M. Passarelli and David A. Kolb

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390483.013.0028

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Learning Way: Learning from Experience as the Path to Lifelong Learning and Development

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Lifelong learning requires the ability to learn from life experiences. This chapter describes the theory of experiential learning, whereby knowledge is generated from experience through a cycle of learning driven by the resolution of dual dialectics of action/reflection and experience/abstraction. We provide an overview of stylistic preferences that arise from patterns of choosing among these modes of learning, as well as the spaces in which learning occurs. Movement through these modes and spaces link one experience to the next, creating a learning spiral that guides growth and development through a lifetime. Lifelong learning is also shaped by an individual’s learning identity, the extent to which one believes he or she can learn, and learning relationships, connections that promote movement through the learning spiral. Strategies for enhancing the learning process are provided for each of these topics.

Keywords: experiential learning; learning style; learning space; learning identity; learning relationships; adult development

Article.  14181 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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