David Kolb
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  • Knox College, B.A. 1961
  • Harvard, M.A. 1964
  • Harvard, Ph.D. 1967

Career Highlights

  • Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatheread School of Management

Major Contributions to Instructional Development

  • Experiential Learning Model
  • Learning Style Model

Findings, Research, Studies

With Roger Fry, David Kolb created the Experiential Learning model out of four elements: concrete experience, observation and reflection, the formation of abstract concepts and testing new situations. Both also developed a learning style model that includes four learning styles: converger, diverger, assimilator, and accommodator.

Publications (selected work)

Experiential Learning Theory Bibliography (2001)
The Learning Style Inventory: Technical Manual (1976)
Organizational Behavior (1995)
Experiential Learning (1984)


David Kolb on Experiential Learning

Learning Styles

A Matrix of Experiential Models: Dewey, Lewin, Piaget