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Ch 1: Educational Theorists

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Use this informative study guide chapter to identify notable educational theorists and the influence of their ideas. You'll learn more about Jean Piaget's and Lev Vygotsky's theories of cognitive development, and the work of other theorists, in the following lessons.

Educational Theorists - Chapter Summary

So many remarkable psychologists, educators and theorists paved the way for educational instruction as we know it by studying human and cognitive development. This study guide chapter highlights some of the most recognizable and influential theorists and details the key points of their theories. Among those discussed in this chapter are:

  • Albert Bandura
  • Jerome Bruner
  • John Dewey
  • Jean Piaget
  • Lev Vygotsky
  • Lawrence Kohlberg

Take your time to study the concepts of each theory discussed in this chapter, with the option to track your progress through the dashboard feature. As you finish each lesson, you'll have the opportunity to assess your understanding of the material by taking brief lesson quizzes. These quizzes, and the more extensive chapter exam, will help you identify any topics that may need re-examined before moving on. You can also print the corresponding quiz worksheets to use as reference material while viewing the lessons.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Educational Theorists
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Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

1. 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.

Jerome Bruner: Scaffolding and Constructivism Theories

2. Jerome Bruner: Scaffolding and Constructivism Theories

Find out who Jerome Bruner is, and his role in identifying theories of scaffolding and constructivism. Read the lesson, then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge about education theories.

John Dewey on Education: Impact & Theory

3. John Dewey on Education: Impact & Theory

John Dewey is one of the most influential thinkers in the history of modern educational theory. In this video, we will briefly explore his philosophical position and how his ideas have impacted education for decades.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

4. 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.

Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

5. Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget developed a theory of cognitive development that described and explained the changes in logical thinking of children and adolescents. Within that theory, he identified four stages of cognitive development through which all learners must proceed. This lesson will introduce you to and differentiate between those stages.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

6. 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.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

7. Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

How do people learn to make morally sound decisions? To illustrate Kohlberg's levels of moral development, we'll follow Lauren as she makes difficult decisions.

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