Kolb Learning Style Inventory 3.1

Identifies learning style, problem solving, team working, conflict, communication, etc.


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What does it do and what problem does it solve?

This assessment is the original version of the leading measure for learning style (available in online and paper format).  It helps individuals and teams understand their respective learning styles and to work more effectively as a result.  Use the Search function (upper right) to find our other learning tests including optional “The Kolb Team Learning Experience” companion product.

The Kolb learning style inventory, 3.1 (KLSI) is a measure of 4 learning styles styles. Using these styles, participants gain a more comprehensive understanding of their learning style. Everyone has their own way of learning. Understanding your own style and that of other people and can help you tune into the needs of others so that you and your team work more effectively.

Language: English, French (Canadian), Spanish (Spain/Argentina), Czech, Finnish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, German

Administration: Self-scored, paper-based,

Online: (In English & French Only)

Completion Time: 20-30 minutes

The Learning Style Inventory is a statistically reliable and valid, 12-item assessment tool, developed by David A. Kolb, Ph.D. Based on Experiential Learning Theory, it identifies preferred learning styles, and explores the opportunities different styles present for:

• Problem Solving
• Working in Teams
• Resolving Conflict
• Communicating at Work
• Communicating at Home
• Considering a Career

The Four Learning Styles

• Diverging: combines preferences for experiencing and reflecting
• Assimilating: combines preferences for reflecting and thinking
• Converging: combines preferences for thinking and doing
• Accommodating: combines preferences for doing and experiencing

Everyone has their own way of learning. The LSI recognizes individual learning preferences, while encouraging individuals to expand and apply their learning strengths. Understanding your own style – and that of other people – can help you tune into the needs of others so that you and your team work more effectively.

Use the Kolb learning style inventory (LSI) to help your employees and students:

• understand how their learning style impacts upon problem-solving,
teamwork, handling conflict, communication and career choice
• develop their learning styles to fit their roles
• find out why teams work well – or badly – together
• strengthen their overall learning.

Why choose the Kolb LSI?
Understanding how people learn can help you to target your training and development efforts, motivate teams and make optimum use of your collective time, resources and capabilities. The Kolb LSI recognizes individual learning preferences, while encouraging individuals to expand their learning strengths.

Based on experiential learning theory, the learning style inventory was developed by David Kolb Ph.D. with research that began in 1971. It identifies four phases in the learning process.

• Experiencing: learning from experiences, being sensitive to feelings and
• Reflecting: reserving judgment, taking different perspectives, looking
for meaning.
• Thinking: logically analyzing ideas, planning systematically, using
• Acting: showing an ability to get things done, taking risks, influencing.

Everyone has a tendency to learn from one of these preferred phases. The Kolb LSI helps your employees or students understand their unique learning preference and develop a well-rounded approach to their learning and problem solving.

The LSI 3.1 features:

• Actually takes participants through the Cycle of Learning as they go
through the booklet
• Clearly explains the impact of Learning Styles on Team Work, Conflict
Resolution, Communication and Career Choices
• Provides practical advice for developing weaker styles
• Use of four color reinforces concepts
• Based on a norm population of 6,977 LSI Users

Support Material:

This manual features a new norm population of 6,977 LSI users. This is a larger, more diverse, and more representative normative sample population. The technical manual includes:

• a description of the conceptual foundations
• a description of the inventory’s purpose, history and format
• the characteristics of the normative sample
• internal reliability and test-retest reliability studies, and
• information on the internal and external validity

Paper Version Available In:

English (US)
French (Canada)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Spanish (Argentina)

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