What does it do and what problem does it solve?
This assessment is the 4th and newest version of the leading measure for learning style, featuring 9 factors instead of 4. 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 “The Kolb Team Learning Experience” optional companion product.
Based on David Kolb’s latest research, version 4 introduces even more comprehensive information for understanding and maximizing your learning preferences. One style doesn’t fit all! 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.
New learning style types:
In addition version 4 assesses learning flexibilityâ€”your ability to adapt to the demands of different learning situations. Learning flexibility expands your comfort zone. Your readiness to engage fully in experiencing, reflecting, thinking and acting enables you to deepen and enrich your knowledge and understanding.
Use the Kolb learning style inventory (KLSI) to help your employees and students:
• understand how their learning style impacts upon problem solving,
• teamwork, handling conflict, communication and career choice
• develop more learning flexibility
• find out why teams work well – or badly – together
• strengthen their overall learning.
Why choose the KLSI?
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 learning style inventory 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 people
• reflecting: reserving judgment, taking different perspectives, looking for meaning
• thinking: logically analyzing ideas, planning systematically, using concepts
• acting: showing an ability to get things done, taking risks, influencing.
Most people have a preference for certain phases. They may even skip those phases they feel least comfortable in. Kolb experiential learning helps your employees or students understand their unique learning preferences, so that they can develop a well-rounded approach to their learning and problem solving. Some educators have decided to use the KLSI in their research with staff or students.