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Learning is gaining new experiences and skills and changing behavior or attitude. Learning is more than just acquiring new knowledge. Learning and changing are even synonymous for some.

According to Kolb, learning takes place in four steps:

- concrete experience
- observational observation
- abstract concept shapes
- experiment actively

One can learn something from every step in the learning cycle, but learning is most effective if you go through all the steps each time. The effectiveness of learning can be increased by 'learning' to learn in more ways.

Experience it concretely

Everyone has experiences all the time. They're the successes, blunders, setbacks and setbacks. Concrete experiments lead to new experiences.

Observational observation

By looking back at the experiences in a concentrated manner, taking stock of them and evaluating them, everyone can observe contemplatively. Specially when this happens together with others: exchange experiences.

Understanding abstracting

This step is about trying to see connections and to explain and understand them. Drawing conclusions and making intentions are also activities in this step.

Experiment actively

In this fourth step, practicing with something new takes place. Testing the learned by putting it into practice also belongs to this step.

Learning styles

Everyone has a certain preferred style when learning. The learning style of someone can be placed on two axes. One axis is about active or passive learning. On the other axis for concrete and abstract learning.

Every person has a certain preferred style when learning. A person's learning style can be placed on two axes. On the two extremes of one axis are active and passive learning respectively. On the other axis, the two extremes are called concrete and abstract learning, respectively. Combining these ways of learning creates four learning styles.

The doer

A doer is someone who likes active and concrete learning. A doer likes problems and new situations and is challenging. Someone with this learning style likes to start solving a problem immediately. The doer will take risks a little easier. [He or she]'s flexible and quickly seeks contact with others.

The dreamer

A dreamer learns passively and concretely. She or he likes to fantasize and is creative. A dreamer often devises original solutions and has a great imagination. A strong point of this learning style is being able to view a situation from multiple sides. Dreamers are common in professions where people work.

The decision maker

The decision maker learns actively but abstractly. Such a person makes hypotheses and tests them in practice. [He or she]'s specially strong in situations where one correct solution for the situation must be found. Decision-makers are common in technically oriented environments.

The Thinker

The thinker mainly learns passively and abstractly. She or he solves most problems in the head. Such a person likes to browse books and is able to study for himself. The thinker is very rational. [He or she]'s good at drawing up a theoretical model. The reasoning must be correct, then the thinker is delighted.

Learning at different levels

In general, there are four levels that one can learn at. These levels differ in terms of learning, scope and above all in intended results.

Learn zero order

Someone learns by doing the same thing over and over again. This level of learning is applicable when the circumstances, frameworks, resources and desired results are the same. He or she maintains at this level of learning what's already known, experienced or experienced.

Learning first order

First-order learning is also referred to as single-loop learning. This learning level is equivalent to problem solving. The emphasis is on discovering and correcting errors in familiar situations. Someone learns at this level by doing. This level is useful for routine assignments. Provided that these tasks must be carried out in a known environment and within known frameworks. The aim at this level is to always do the same task better.

Second order learning

Second-order learning, or double-loop learning, is aimed at renewing the situation encountered. Someone who learns at this level questions every assignment. In doing so, she reflects on how he or he learns and questions the underlying insights and frameworks. This level can be used for conscious learning. The aim at this level is to do each task differently and to learn to learn.

Learning third order

Third order learning is also called deutero learning. This learning is aimed at learning the first three levels of learning. This concerns the more effective and efficient recognition and correction of errors. Also to more successfully apply reflection processes to the concepts and approaches used.

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