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Variables Affecting Learning & Teaching - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this study guide chapter are designed by expert instructors with the goal of providing you with the most relevant information in a clear, easy-to-understand format. As you explore the topics in each section, you'll review some of the most common variables that affect teaching and learning, including cultural and socioeconomic influences on education and the importance of determining prior knowledge before beginning instruction. After these lessons are complete, you should be ready to:
- Explain the characteristics of various learning styles
- Identify the physical, cognitive and behavioral differences between genders
- Describe the effect of culture, socialization and socioeconomic status on education
- Define motivation and motivational theories
- Discuss self-esteem development in children
- Point out how students' maturity levels impact learning
Carefully study the concepts featured in each lesson, working at your own pace to ensure full comprehension. As you complete each lesson, self-assess your understanding of those concepts by taking the brief multiple-choice lesson quiz. Once you've completed all lessons, you can gauge your retention of multiple concepts covered throughout the chapter by utilizing the more comprehensive chapter exam.
1. Characteristics of Learning Styles
Some of us learn by seeing, others learn by doing, and some even learn by listening. This lesson provides an overview of learning styles, including characteristics of each type of learner.
2. Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral
Growing up, did you ever observe gender differences among girls and boys in school? Do you still observe gender differences as an adult? There are established gender differences noted in a variety of contexts. This lesson will explore specific differences in physical and motor skills, cognitive abilities and more.
3. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education
In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.
4. Socioeconomic Status & Education: Statistics & Impact
We hear about socioeconomic status often, but what does it mean when we talk about its relationship with education? This lesson will bring you up to speed as well as introduce relevant statistics about socioeconomic status and education.
5. What is Motivation? - Theories & Examples
Why do we do what we do? Motivation is the term that we use to describe why people move towards certain actions and goals but not others. Learn about the concept of motivation and a few important theories psychologists have developed to try and explain our behavior.
6. What Is Self-Esteem in Children? - Definition, Measures & Development
Read this lesson for an overview of self-esteem in children, including a definition of self-esteem, two competing theories, and an example of how to successfully build self-esteem.
7. How Students' Maturity Levels Impact Learning
This lesson provides an overview of cognitive and social maturity, and how they affect the success of learners of all ages. It covers related relevant research and offers helpful suggestions for addressing learner maturity in the classroom.
8. Prior Knowledge: Definition & Theory
Have you ever noticed that sometimes it is really easy for you to learn something new but some things are harder to learn? In this lesson, we'll define prior knowledge and why it can make learning new things easier. We'll also explore different strategies to activate prior knowledge.
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