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Kolb – 4 MAT

Identifies 2 dimensions Reflective vs. Experiential and Concrete vs. Abstract. The result is four type combinations: Converging (prefer to learn by solving problems and doing technical tasks, good a finding practical uses for ideas and theories), Accommodating (hands-on, people-oriented, relies on gut feeling more than logical analysis), Diverging (imaginative and sensitive, prefers to learn by observing, brainstorming and gathering information, good at viewing concrete situations from many points of view) and Assimilating (prefers to learn by putting information into concise logical order).  Although the Kolb model has been popular and the subject of many studies, some scholars question the model’s validity, primarily because the scale is ipsative: it asks respondents to rank rather than rate items (see, for example, Hayes & Allinson, 1997, and Curry, 1987).  The scale is short (12 items) and self-scored.

 

Concrete/S

Abstract/N

Reflective

ISTJ

6%

ISFJ

6%

INFJ

2%

INTJ

2%

ISTP

5%

 

ISFP

5%

INFP

3%

INTP

3%

Experiential

ESTP

11%

 

ESFP

12%

ENFP

6%

ENTP

6%

ESTJ

11%

 

ESFJ

12%

ENFJ

5%

ENTJ

5%

In the above framework used in the 4mat or Kolb Learning Style Test the following equivalents can be used:

Introvert = Reflective,   Extrovert = Experiential      Concrete = Sensate,   Abstract = Intuitives   

 

 

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