Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development (2nd Edition)

By David A. Kolb Experiential learning is a powerful and proven approach to teaching and learning that is based on one incontrovertible reality: People learn best through experience. Now, in this extensively updated book, David A. Kolb offers a systematic and up-to-date statement of the theory of experiential learning and its modern applications to education, work and adult development. Experiential Learning, Second Edition builds on the intellectual origins of experiential learning as defined by figures such as John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, Jean Piaget and L.S. Vygotsky, while also reflecting three full decades of research and practice since the classic first edition. Kolb models the underlying structures of the learning process based on the latest insights in psychology, philosophy and physiology. Building on his comprehensive structural model, he offers an exceptionally useful typology of individual learning styles and corresponding structures of knowledge in different academic disciplines and careers. Kolb also applies experiential learning to higher education and lifelong learning, especially with regard to adult education.
“David A. Kolb’s work is inspiring, comprehensive, and holistic. In this seminal work, Dr. Kolb unfolds the complete theory of learning and development, allowing the reader to grasp all the concepts step-by-step to develop a deep understanding of the theory and its application. This recent edition provides recent updates and reflections to every chapter. Every student of Experiential Learning will want to put this at the top of a reading list.” – Kay Peterson, founder and CEO of the Institute of Experiential Learning