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Epistemology midterm

These words are being read by you (concrete experience), you are understanding and thinking about the meaning of these words (reflective observation), you are now considering if you should continue to read and how long it might take (abstract conceptualization), as you continue to read this you are beginning to put the pieces together and make sense of this by maybe reading it over again or repeating it in your head ( active experimentation).

These are the four steps for experiential learning which I believe is the most accurate basis of learning based upon David Kolbs experiential learning theory.learning styles kolb

Before I continue this I would like to define these concepts in as many ways as possible:

1. Concrete Experience – (a new experience of situation is encountered, or a reinterpretation of existing experience).

2. Reflective Observation (of the new experience. Of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding).

3. Abstract Conceptualization (Reflection gives rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept).

4. Active Experimentation (the learner applies them to the world around them to see what results).

My theory coincides with this perfectly as I believe that everyone’s personal knowledge is acquired from our experiences in the world and how we understand/interpret them. From there we gather the information learned and grow from it in order to begin an active experimentation of the knowledge learned.

Premise 1: We are born into the world with no experiences

Premise 2: As we continue through the world we notice the causes and effects of different situations such as crying for hunger then being fed

Premise 3: Once we gain this knowledge we can then understand how it happens and later use our previous learned knowledge

Conclusion: From these experiences we grow and learn and build our knowledge of the world

I can explain these premises further here.

Premise 1: Assuming that you are born into life without any knowledge of the world then you are like a blank slate. This is looking at the most scientific form of being born without thinking about beliefs such as reincarnation. So if you are born into the world with no knowledge then it is safe to say that you have not had any experiences. This can even be brought further to say that before we are conceived we have no experiences but some argue that we can sense things such as sound in the womb. Now lets say that this is an experience that we can have before we are born but it still does not hurt the premise.

Premise 2:  Im sure that anybody can recall a time in their lives when they consciously remember doing something with either positive or negative effects and learning from it. This confirms my second premise.

Premise 3: When we begin to learn from these experiences it become knoweldge that we can then draw from throughout our lives. This is shown by the example of riding a bike, once you learn you will most likely never forget.

Conclusion: These premises are all valid and therefore it must be true. We grow and learn from our experiences and how we reflect on them is how we gain knowledge.

Here is some more info on David Kolbs theory which reiterates my theory:



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