Moving and Learning

Expanding Style and Increasing Flexibility

This article introduces ways in which movement can enhance one’s understanding of how to learn using Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) concepts of the Learning Cycle, Learning Styles, and Learning Flexibility. The theoretical correspondence between the dialectic dimensions of the Learning Cycle and the dimensions of the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) framework create a hypothesized integrated typology of learning and movement styles that expand the description of Learning Style to include the movement affinities. These suggested relationships are facilitated by the existing theories and grounded by movement observations and interviews of more than 200 adult learners. From the theoretical relationships and observations, the authors propose descriptions of the movement affinities for each of the nine styles in the Kolb Learning Styles Inventory 4.0 (KLSI 4.0) and suggest that increasing one’s movement flexibility, or the ability to move using a full range Effort and motion through space, provides a catalyst for learning and promotes Learning Flexibility. These hypothesized relationships will form the basis for future empirical research.