Ch 4: Variables Affecting Learning & Teaching

About This Chapter

This useful and engaging study guide chapter will help you review the variables that can affect a student's ability to learn and how identifying those variables can lead to the use of more effective teaching methods. You'll study different learning styles, gender differences and the relationship between culture and education, among other topics.

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. Other key topics discussed in this chapter include:

  • Learning styles
  • Physical, cognitive and behavioral differences among genders
  • Developing motivation, self-esteem and maturity
  • Characteristics of gifted learners
  • Using scaffolding instruction with English-language-learners
  • Applying cognitive development psychology principles
  • Examples and definition of cognitive academic language proficiency

Carefully study the concepts featured in each lesson, working at your own pace to ensure full comprehension. As you complete each section, 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.

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Variables Affecting Learning & Teaching
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Characteristics of Learning Styles

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.

Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral

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.

The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

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.

Socioeconomic Status & Education: Statistics & Impact

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.

Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills

5. Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills

Before beginning instruction, teachers should use different assessments to determine what their students know about a particular topic. This lesson discusses the importance of these assessments and gives examples that are commonly used in the classroom.

What is Motivation? - Theories & Examples

6. 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.

What Is Self-Esteem in Children? - Definition, Measures & Development

7. 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.

Using Cognitive Development Psychology in the Classroom

8. Using Cognitive Development Psychology in the Classroom

Do you ever feel bombarded with the amount of new information in a class? How do you process new information in order to create usable knowledge? These are the types of questions cognitive psychologists and teachers seek to answer. This lesson will explore and apply the major assumptions of cognitive development and psychology.

How Students' Maturity Levels Impact Learning

9. 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.

Giftedness in Children: Definition, Characteristics & Conceptions

10. Giftedness in Children: Definition, Characteristics & Conceptions

Schools generally define giftedness as high ability, but there are other ways to define giftedness. Learn more about the definitions, characteristics and conceptions of giftedness in children and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

11. Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

In this lesson, you'll learn about cognitive academic language proficiency, how it affects student learning, and what can be done to improve student outcomes. An example is provided and a short quiz follows.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

12. Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

The number of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom is on the rise, and teachers must have strategies for teaching these students. This lesson will highlight ways in which to scaffold instruction for ELLs to help them become successful in the classroom.

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