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Alice Y. Kolb & David A. Kolb

In: The SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development

Chapter 3: Experiential Learning Theory: A Dynamic, Holistic Approach to Management Learning, Education and Development

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Experiential Learning Theory: A Dynamic, Holistic Approach to Management Learning, Education and Development
Experiential learning theory: A dynamic, holistic approach to management learning, education and development
Abstract

Experiential learning theory (ELT) has been widely used in management learning research and practice for over 35 years. Building on the foundational works of Kurt Lewin, John Dewey and others, experiential learning theory offers a dynamic theory based on a learning cycle driven by the resolution of the dual dialectics of action/reflection and experience/abstraction. These two dimensions define a holistic learning space wherein learning transactions take place between individuals and the environment. The learning space is multi-level and can describe learning and development in commensurate ways at the level of the individual, the group, and the organization. This approach is ...

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