Experiential Learning Cycle

Experiential Learning Cycle – David Kolb

Simply put, the Experiential Learning Cycle describes learning as a cyclical process, not an end/destination. We use the experiential learning cycle within our programmes to accelerate the learning of participants by taking them through all stages of the cycle, at least once. Maximum learning is created when participants are supported through and around the cycle multiple times.

  1. Concrete Experience (Doing) – Having real, hands-on experiences to reflect on.  Being directly involved. Jumping straight into the experience physically, emotionally, and with people.  Usually unstructured experiences. The act of doing creates learning. 
  2. Reflection Observation (Watching) – Having the opportunity to observe and reflect on the ‘concrete experience’.  Viewing the past with multiple perspectives in order to gain clarity on the future. 
  3. Abstract Conceptualisation (Thinking) – Having the opportunities to generalise, theorise and conceptualise.  Rationalising ideas using logic. Comparing, contrasting, analysing and evaluating in order to integrate the learning. 
  4. Active Experimentation (Acting) – Having opportunities to create structured goals and plans. Testing ideas and concepts out to see if they work in practice. Having real problems to solve.