Learning by doing

‘Learning by Doing: a guide to teaching and learning methods’ was first published in 1998 by the Further Education Unit at Oxford Polytechnic, UK (now the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University). The book was the result of a collaborative project between Graham Gibbs of Oxford Polytechnic and Bob Farmer and Diana Eastcott of Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University). In 2001 the book was made freely available online in a series of webpages by the Geography Discipline Network, hosted by the University of Gloucestershire at http://www2.glos.ac.uk/gdn/gibbs/index.htm

The terms used here as labels for the four stages come from Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory, and placed in this sequence they form the experiential learning cycle. The cycle can be entered by the learner at any point, but its stages must be followed in sequence.