Ch 4: Basics of Developmental Learning Theories

About This Chapter

This chapter on the developmental learning theories covers several key psychological theories related to cognitive development, allowing you to go at your own pace in learning the details and stages involved in these theories.

Basics of Developmental Learning Theories - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides an in-depth yet time-efficient look into various theories of cognitive development integral to the study of the subject. You'll learn about the principles involved in these theories as well as the people who founded them. By the time you finish going through this chapter, you'll have reviewed:

  • Behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist perspectives
  • Piaget's theory of cognitive development
  • The concrete operational stage of child development
  • Erikson's steps of identity formation
  • The model and stages involved in children's identity development
  • The social-cognitive and vicarious learning theories of Albert Bandura
  • Lev Vygotsky's cognitive development theory
  • Differentiating classical and operant conditioning
  • The ecological systems development theory of Bronfenbrenner
  • The learning applications of evolutionary theory

Use the practice quizzes provided for each lesson to verify your comprehension of these theories. You can take and re-take them until you feel comfortable with the material. For additional offline study, each of these quizzes can also be printed as worksheets.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Basics of Developmental Learning Theories
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

1. Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

How do different people learn? Not everyone agrees. In educational psychology, there are many differing perspectives. This lesson will differentiate between the following psychological perspectives: behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

2. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development focuses on how learners interact with their environment to develop complex reasoning and knowledge. This lesson will focus on the six basic assumptions of that theory, including the key terms: assimilation, accommodation and equilibration.

Concrete Operational Stage of Child Development: Piaget's Logical Principles

3. Concrete Operational Stage of Child Development: Piaget's Logical Principles

As children age, they begin to understand the world in new ways. In this lesson, we'll look at Piaget's concrete operational stage of development and cognitive gains made during that time, including classification, seriation, and transitivity.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

4. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

How do we form identities as we age and grow? To answer this question, Erik Erikson came up with eight stages of identity formation that revolve around conflict and resolution. Who are you, and who will you become after completing this lesson?

Children's Identity Development Theory: Model & Stages

5. Children's Identity Development Theory: Model & Stages

Learn about children's identity development theory. Find out what the different stages of development are and review the model. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

6. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

7. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

8. Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

This lesson will compare classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Examples are provided and key terms associated with each type of learning are defined.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

9. Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

Learn about Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory in this lesson and explore the five levels of the environment that can influence human development.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

10. Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

In this lesson you will learn about evolutionary theory's application to instinctual learning and human development through natural selection. There is a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

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