What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies


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Maria watches her mother use the lawn mower one week, and the next week she is able to mow the lawn upon her first try. What kind of learning did Maria use in this example?

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1. Sanjay is in Pre-Algebra, and his teacher explains the concept of solving an equation for the 'x' variable. Sanjay learns how to do this by thinking about it quietly and practicing several problems on a worksheet. What kind of learning did Sanjay use in this example?

2. The first time Joe complimented his grandmother, she smiled and gave him a hug, a consequence he enjoyed. He learned that every time he is nice to his grandmother, she rewards him in a similar way. Now, he's more likely to be nice every time he sees his grandmother, due to this anticipated reward. What kind of learning did Joe use in this example?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Learning, though it has a specific psychological definition, has a broad scope with quite a few different types. In this quiz, you'll be asked to recognize types of learning when given examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, your goal is to assess your understanding of the following topics related to learning:

  • Operant conditioning
  • Cognitive
  • Kinesthetic
  • Observational
  • Visual

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the most important information from the corresponding lesson on learning
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider types of learning that match descriptions in given examples
  • Problem solving - solve the problems asking what type of learner was used in examples
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you have acquired to successfully answer questions about types of learning

Additional Learning

More on this topic can be found in the lesson What is Learning: Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies, including:

  • The educational psychological definition of learning
  • Types of learning with examples
  • An explanation of learning styles