Originally Posted by John Cole
Ron – Actually what I have found is the student only needs to learn from one of the four dominant learning modes, which the student obviously will with some overlap; the instructor then has the opportunity to communicate/observe and build the learning experience from there based on the instructors communication and observations. Are you sure you meant to say, or did I misinterpret, the students must be a feeler?
As Ron wrote, the Kolb model describes optimum learning as a 4 step process of 1) concrete experience, 2) observation and reflection, 3) formulation of abstract concepts and generalizations, 4) testing those concepts in new situations. (The observation here refers to the learner's observation of his own experience.) These steps roughly correspond with Joan Heaton's 4 learning styles (feeler, watcher, thinker, doer), but those learning styles are not part of the Kolb model. The Kolb model isn't limited to skiing or sports, but applies equally to all learning. My own experience has been that it applies equally to math teaching as it does to ski teaching.
In any athletic activity, you need to feel what is happening and to associate that feeling with an outcome. Once you know what it feels like to be in balance, you can easily create the movements necessary to stay in balance. Your dominant learning style does not need to be "feeler," but you at least need to be able to visit that style of learning. You cannot learn to ski by thinking alone. "Feelers" learn sports far more easily than "thinkers," who will pickup chess more easily than skiing.