Diverged assimilation converging and accommodating

Each learning style represents a combination of two preferred styles.

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Kolb (1974) views learning as an integrated process with each stage being mutually supportive of and feeding into the next.

It is possible to enter the cycle at any stage and follow it through its logical sequence.

People with the diverging style prefer to work in groups, to listen with an open mind and to receive personal feedback.

The Assimilating learning preference is for a concise, logical approach. These people require good clear explanation rather than practical opportunity.

Until one day the child learns that some dogs actually do a job and are not pets, for example bomb disposal dogs or hearing dogs for the deaf.

This new found piece of knowledge forces the child to make a shift in their “schema” of how they perceive a dog, or in other words, they have to accommodate the information.

People with a diverging learning style have broad cultural interests and like to gather information.

They are interested in people, tend to be imaginative and emotional, and tend to be strong in the arts.

Kolb believed that we cannot perform both variables on a single axis at the same time (e.g. Our learning style is a product of these two choice decisions.

It's often easier to see the construction of Kolb's learning styles in terms of a two-by-two matrix.

Accommodation is different in that the existing pile of sand has to be changed into something different—in other words, our pile of sand is added to water and cement and then turned into concrete.

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