Kolb 's Theory Of Experimental Learning Theory

1705 WordsMay 1, 20167 Pages
Theories are the bases for everything that we do as a nurse. Theories are the bases for nursing as we care for patients, and theories are also the bases for the way that we learn and grow as nurses. Kolb’s theory of Experimental Learning is one of the theories that can be used to describe the cycle of learning that occurs in the class room. This article is dedicated to describing how the Kolb’s theory of Experimental Learning can be used in a classroom for the purpose of teaching undergraduate students in regards to learning the function of the heart. This paper is intended to describe the reasoning behind choosing this theory, describe the use of the key points of this theory for the undergraduate nursing student, and identify any diversity issues with using this theory. Why use Kolb’s Experimental Learning Theory? Although many learning theories can be considered and used for the undergraduate students and their process of learning, Kolb’s seems to describe this process the best. Kolb’s theory describes a progression of the learner using concrete to reflective observation, then to abstract thought, and active experimentation as a cycle of layers as we learn (Witt, Colbert, & Kelley, 2013). Realizing the layers of learning helps one to accurately look at the learning process as they learn and grow to develop their skills as a nurse. Description of key points of Kolb’s Experimental Learning Theory Kolb’s theory describes a four part cycle of learning. Each of the four parts
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