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Differentiate Divergers, Assimilators, Convergers, Accommodators and Explain How Trainers Can Accommodate Them

To each of these four steps of the learning process we can associated four learning modes:

1. Concrete Experience (CE) – learning by feeling (involvement in an experience) 2. Reflective Observation (RO) – learning by reflection, watching, and listening 3. Abstract Conceptualization (AC) – learning by thinking 4. Active Experimentation (AE) – learning by

2. Reflective Observation (RO) – learning by reflection, watching, and listening 3. Abstract Conceptualization (AC) – learning by thinking 4. Active Experimentation (AE) – learning by

3. Abstract Conceptualization (AC) – learning by thinking 4. Active Experimentation (AE) – learning by

4. Active Experimentation (AE) – learning by doing In other words, he argues that all people apply these four processes but some people tend to engage in some learning modes more than in others.

The learning styles typology is based on a combination of these learning modes according to 2 dimensions

1. Abstract conceptualization (thinking, AC) vs. concrete experience (experiencing, CE)

2. Reflective Observation (reflecting, RO) vs. active experimentation (doing, AE) Or to look at it in another way: they prefer either steps 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 or 4-1.

This leads to four types of learning style preference: ·

Diverging: combines preferences for experiencing (CE) and reflecting (RO) ·

Assimilating: combines preferences for reflecting (AC) and thinking (RO)

Converging: combines preferences for thinking (AC) and doing (AE)

Accommodating: combines preferences for doing (AE) and experiencing (CE)

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