Experiential Learning

David Kolb

First experience, then knowledge. This is the basic principle of experiential learning. Kolb and Fry, on the basis of practice formulated their famous model of the four elements of learning:

•    specific experience;
•    observation and reflection;
•    intellectual understanding (the making of an abstract concept and/or, knowledge);
•    testing in the new situation.

Later it became clear that is possible to begin at any one of these elements and it is a continuing, upward spiral of learning.