Introduction to the Learning Process for Teachers and Trainers – Revised
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Learning is defined as relatively permanent changes in behavior, skills, knowledge or attitudes resulting from identifiable psychological or social experiences. This course will first introduce you to the two main learning theories which are behaviorism and constructivism. Behaviourism is a perspective on learning that focuses on changes in individuals’ observable behaviors or the changes in what people say or do. This course will also discuss the key concepts associated with operant conditioning including Extinction, Generalisation, Discrimination, Schedules of Reinforcement and Cues.
Constructivism is a perspective on learning that focuses on how students actively construct knowledge out of experiences. This course will discuss the theoretical differences between social constructivism and psychological constructivism. You will learn the different strategies for helping students to develop their thinking including how they think about learning. You will also study theories of learning according to Piaget, as well as Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning.
This course will also discuss the contributions to the study of learning processes made by John Dewey (who is an educational philosopher), Lev Vygotsky (a Russian psychologist), Jerome Seymour Bruner (an American psychologist), and Jean Piaget (a Swiss psychologist). Upon completion of this course, you will have a much better understanding of the theories on behaviorism and constructivism and will have greatly enhanced your teaching abilities. So, check out the course today and start bringing your professional skills to the next level.
Module 1: Introduction to the Learning Process
The Learning Process - Learning Outcomes
The Learning Process
Teachers’ Perspective on Learning
The Learning Process - Lesson Summary
Module 2: Behaviourism
Behaviourism - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Behaviourism
Operant Conditioning and Students’ Learning
Further Key Concepts about Operant Conditioning
Behaviourism - Lesson Summary
Module 3: Constructivism
Constructivism - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Constructivism
Theoretical Differences between Psychological and Social Constructivism
Implications of Constructivism for Teaching
Constructivism - Lesson Summary
Having completed this course you will be able to:
- Describe the process of learning in terms of educational learning theory.
- Differentiate between the two major learning theories: behaviourism and constructivism.
- Compare and contrast the two subtypes of constructivism: psychological constructivism and social constructivism.
- Identify various psychologists, philosophers and researchers associated with educational learning theory.
- Provide everyday examples of operant conditioning and strategies for constructivist style teaching.
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