When we study Kolb's “experiential learning cycle” we can see that this cycle arises from the natural structure of the brain. Concrete experience engages the sensory cortex. Reflective observation occurs in the integrative cortex at the back of the brain. Abstract experimentation takes place in the motor brain. But how can we use this knowledge to support students in their growth processes?
By understanding the mechanisms of the brain we can conclude that a learning cycle always encompasses a form of sensory input. In addition, it is important to know that transformation is experiences when reflections are converted into plans, ideas or actions. At that moment learners transform themselves from ‘receivers’ to ‘creators’ of knowledge. An good learning experience therefore always implies a form of sensory activation and supports the process in which someone ultimately creates knowledge him or herself.
During a collaboration we discover together how you as a teacher or educational institution can benefit from insights to the power of the sensory and emotional brain.
How can we collaborate?
I can contribute by i.e. conducting research into the context and target audience, aligning the vision and common ground of all parties involved, conducting qualitative interviews, observing (target group) studies and pilots, supporting as a playful learning ambassador in your research project
I can contribute by i.e. reflecting and acting on research results, conceptualising and designing playful learning experiences, connecting concepts to scientific theories, ideating and outlining learning experiences, user-journey mapping, concept presentations, facilitating co-creation workshops, support as a playful learning ambassador in your project