The concepts of assimilation and accommodation relate to Piaget’s theories of child development and through the course of his research he produced several examples of assimilation and accommodation to illustrate the theories he was expounding.

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Kolb's experiential learning theory works on two levels: a four stage cycle of learning and four separate learning styles.

Much of Kolb’s theory is concerned with the learner’s internal cognitive processes.

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

Effective learning is seen when a person progresses through a cycle of four stages: of (1) having a concrete experience followed by (2) observation of and reflection on that experience which leads to (3) the formation of abstract concepts (analysis) and generalizations (conclusions) which are then (4) used to test hypothesis in future situations, resulting in new experiences.

Kolb believed that we cannot perform both variables on a single axis at the same time (e.g. Our learning style is a product of these two choice decisions.

It's often easier to see the construction of Kolb's learning styles in terms of a two-by-two matrix.

In reality, although Piaget described accommodation and assimilation as two fundamentally different learning processes, they cannot be separated.

As the child grows and absorbs new information like a sponge, the processes of assimilation and accommodation take place simultaneously, and in recognition of this fact, Piaget came up with the term “equilibration” to describe how children strike a balance between accommodation and assimilation.

People with the diverging style prefer to work in groups, to listen with an open mind and to receive personal feedback.

The Assimilating learning preference is for a concise, logical approach. These people require good clear explanation rather than practical opportunity.

When we assimilate new information, we add it to what we already know (our “schema”).