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Learning Theories & Theorists

Learning Theories & Theorists
Many Learning Theories have been developed over a long period of time, though a majority of those now in use have arisen in the last century or so. These theories apply to many different levels of educational learning. Several theories and theorists stand out among this group, many for quite different reasons. Not all theories or theorists are covered on this page. This page covers major theorists and their theories. Information includes biographies, information, further sources and an increasing number of videos. For information on Learning & Teaching Styles, related methods and further information, go to this page. Bandura, Albert Bandura and his Social Cognitive Theory. Albert BanduraText presentation on the man and his theories. Bloom’s Taxonomy Benjamin BloomThe man and his works. Constructivism Constructivism and the Five E’sBrief rundown then goes to seven E’s. De Bono, Edward Edward De Bono and lateral & creative thinking. Critical Thinking ResourcesTertiary level. Dewey, John Anthony F.

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Influential theories of learning Learning is defined as a process that brings together personal and environmental experiences and influences for acquiring, enriching or modifying one’s knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, behaviour and world views. Learning theories develop hypotheses that describe how this process takes place. The scientific study of learning started in earnest at the dawn of the 20th century. The major concepts and theories of learning include behaviourist theories, cognitive psychology, constructivism, social constructivism, experiential learning, multiple intelligence, and situated learning theory and community of practice.

Developmental fossils—unearthing the artefacts of early childhood education: The reification of Child Development' (free full-text available) The AJEC Committee invites readers' thoughts on the matters raised in this article, as well as elsewhere within the journal. Letters to the editor, enquiries, comments, submissions and contributions can be sent to Marilyn Fleer Monash University In recent years sociocultural theory has provided an important conceptual tool for re-thinking many practices in early childhood education (e.g. Anning, Cullen & Fleer, 2004; Edwards, 2001; Edwards, 2003). Learning Theories One of the key issues to look at when examining any Learning Theory is Transfer of Learning. Indeed, this is such an important idea, that it is a field of research in its own right. Researchers and practitioners in this field work to understand how to increase transfer of learning -- how to teach for transfer. Introduction

Principles of Instructional Technology Instructivism In educational circles everywhere presently, one of the most hyped theories of learning is the student-centered, discovery-based, self-directed theory of constructivism. At the other end of this educational theory spectrum is the idea of instructivism. Instructivism, by this name or any other, has been around for many years and has formed the basis of the American, among others, educational system. Based on behaviorist theories, Instructivism, sometimes referred to as Direct Instruction incorporates a teacher-directed, carefully planned curriculum, with purposeful teaching at its core.

The genius of babies Now playing MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn. Contemporary Theories of Learning: Learning Theorists … In Their Own Words 1. A Comprehensive Understanding of Human Learning, Knud Illeris 2. Learning to be a Person in Society: Learning to be Me, Peter Jarvis 3. What "Form" Transforms? A Constructive-Developmental Approach to Transformative Learning, Robert Kegan 4. Expansive Learning: Toward an Activity-Theoretical Reconceptualization, Yrjö Engeström 5.

Theories of Play « Marie Marthe Noble Weblog Theories of Play Many theorists support the idea that play is central in children’s lives and researach indicates that those children who do not get ample opportunities for play do not have the opportunities to make permanent neurological connections neccessary for learning (Packer Isenberg, 2002, p.2). Constructivism: Piaget Constructivist theorists, such as Piaget, believe play is an important concept necessary for cognitive growth. The constructivist paradigm, based on Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, provides the theoretical framework for education practice. In this practice children acquire concepts through active involvement with the environment, and construct their own knowledge as they explore their surroundings (Kirova & Bhargava, 2002).

Learning Theory Teaching Methods ... How Should We Teach? Here is the position of the different theories with regards to teaching methods. In addition to the text here, a summary of the theorists' views on teaching methods is available as a PowerPoint file or as a pdf.