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Interdisciplinary UndergraduateTeaching and Research. Malcolm Potts, Qatar University, April 2008. 5. Teaching Theory. feeling. doing. watching. thinking. Conflicts. Experiential Learning Cycle. Kolb Learning Style Inventory. Modes of grasping experience Concrete Experience (CE)

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Interdisciplinary UndergraduateTeaching and Research

Malcolm Potts, Qatar University, April 2008

5. Teaching Theory

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Kolb Learning Style Inventory

Modes of grasping experience

Concrete Experience (CE)

Abstract Conceptualization (AC)

Modes of Transforming Experience

Reflective Observation (RO)

Active Experimentation (AE)

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Learning Styles

  • Diverging (CE/RO)

  • Assimilating (AC/RO)

  • Converging (AC/AE)

  • Accommodating (CE/AE)

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In One Class

As an instructor – you have a certain learning style

Your students have learning styles that may be the same, similar or different to your style

How and what you teach is perceived differently by each student

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How to Assess Achievement?

Lowest level: The novice

Intermediate levels

Highest level: Metacognition

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The lowest level should be what a novice demonstrates when confronted by a problem

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Student’s awareness of their own learning skills, performance and habits.

Students not only have to approach the problem correctly, they must demonstrate an understanding of their problem-solving strategies and limitations

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On a 4-point scale where 4 = expert and


The scale is ordinal, not cardinal.

That is, a score of 4 does not mean twice as good as a score of 2