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Ch 3: Learning Theories & Teaching Strategies

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Let us help you review learning theories and teaching strategies with the video lessons and practice quizzes in this chapter. You'll cover the essential elements comprising a variety of theories and strategies, and review practical examples of how theory can be applied in the classroom.

Learning Theories & Teaching Strategies - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review a variety of teaching strategies and the learning theories they are based on. The lessons cover topics such as progressivism, constructivism and social-cognitive learning theory. By the end of the chapter, you'll also have covered:

  • Effective classroom strategies for facilitating learning
  • Behaviorism
  • Critical theory
  • Humanism
  • Information processing theory
  • Pragmatism
  • Realism
  • Connectionism

Our instructors have compiled a series of brief video lessons and practice quizzes to get you up to speed on these topics. Each lesson lasts between five and ten minutes and can be watched as many times as you'd like. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to test what you've learned and see what you still need to work on.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Learning Theories & Teaching Strategies
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

1. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

2. Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you learned behaviors or skills from observing others? Maybe you have learned from observing a teacher, friend, or supervisor. We acquire new knowledge and skills from a variety of methods. This lesson will introduce the concepts of the social-cognitive theory, which focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context.

Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

3. Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How can teachers use rewards and punishments to guide student behavior and learning? In this lesson, we will look at how behaviorism applies to the classroom, including the concepts of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction.

Constructivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

4. Constructivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Learning through real-world experiences with others allows students to grow and understand things more easily. In this lesson, we'll examine constructivism in depth, including social learning, the zone of proximal development, and project-based learning.

Critical Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

5. Critical Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Just because things have always been viewed a certain way, doesn't mean that way is correct. In this lesson, we'll explore critical theory and how teachers can open their classrooms up to offer everyone a chance at success.

Humanism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

6. Humanism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How can you get students to live up to their potential? In this lesson, we'll explore humanism and some practical applications of it for the classroom, including how self-directed learning and self-evaluation can lead to lifelong learners.

Information Processing Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

7. Information Processing Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How does information make its way to memory? How do people learn? In this lesson, we'll examine the information processing theory of learning, including the process of memory, cognitive load, chunking, and automaticity.

Pragmatism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

8. Pragmatism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

There are many different ways to approach education. Watch this lesson to find out about one of them, pragmatism, and the way that it combines practical and experiential learning to offer students a chance to grow and learn.

Progressivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

9. Progressivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How do students learn best? And how can teachers help students grow? In this lesson, we'll examine progressivism, including the way that education can focus on the whole child. We'll also discuss active learning and the scientific method.

Realism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

10. Realism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

If a tree falls in a wood and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Find out what that classic riddle has to do with the Greek philosopher Aristotle and modern teaching methods in this lesson, which will cover educational realism.

Connectionism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

11. Connectionism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Ever notice how the sight of a piece of chocolate cake can make you drool? In this lesson, we'll look at why that is and how it can influence a person's learning as we explore connectionism and the three laws associated with it.

Chapter Practice Exam
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