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Another article about Kolb and Teaching

This time from the man himself – with others – it will be interesting to read the two together.



Becoming an experiential educator involves more than just being a

facilitator or matching learning style with teaching style. Experiential education

is a complex relational process that involves balancing attention to the learner and to

the subject matter while also balancing reflection on the deep meaning of ideas with the

skill of applying them.


To describe a dynamic matching model of education based on Experiential Learning

Theory and to create a self-assessment instrument for helping educators understand

their approach to education.


A dynamic matching model for “teaching around the learning cycle” describes

four roles that educators can adopt to do so—facilitator, subject expert, standardsetter/evaluator,

and coach. A self-assessment instrument called the Educator

Role Profile was created to help educators understand their use of these roles.


Research using the Educator Role Profile indicates that to some extent educators

do tend to teach the way they learn, finding that those with concrete learning styles

are more learner-centered, preferring the facilitator role; while those with abstract

learning styles are more subject-centered preferring the expert and evaluator roles.


A model for the practice of dynamic matching of educator roles, learner

style, and subject matter can aid in the planning and implementation of educational

experiences. With practice, both learners and educators can develop the flexibility to



David Andrew

HEA CPD Manager
Senior Tutor

Centre for Academic and Professional Development
Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS





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