Learning Styles and Learning Spaces

A Review of the Multidisciplinary Application of Experiential Learning Theory in Higher Education

Using the concept of learning style and learning space to describe the interface between learners and the learning environment in higher education, in this chapter we review studies addressing how learning style information and the experiential learning model have been applied to improve teaching and learning in sixteen different academic fields and professions. Studies suggest that experiential learning affords educators a way to design and implement teaching and learning strategies conducive to creating a learning environment beneficial for both faculty and students with possibilities for institutional wide dissemination of its core principles and practices. Drawing from the findings generated from the studies, we propose guiding principles for creating growth promoting learning spaces throughout higher education.