A Comparison of Learning Theories
How do people learn? It’s a natural process, right? Sometimes learning is as easy as breathing, other times as difficult as pulling teeth. The “why” of this is what we’ll explore in this course. And, we will examine how the insights gained through these learning theories can be applied in practice.
Who Should Participate
Performance Technologists, Instructional Designers, Trainers, Training and Human Resource Managers, Subject Matter Experts, as well as Educational and Instructional Technologists
- Behaviorism — This theory says you can control and predict behavior, and that the mind doesn’t really play a role.
- Cognitivism — Backlash to Behaviorism, it’s all about the mind.
- Constructivism — This theory emphasizes that knowledge is ever changing and different for every person.
- Social Cognitive Theory — Explains how and why we imitate people...says that anything that can be observed can be learned.
- Summary and Assessment — We wrap up and give you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Contrast key characteristics of four major learning theories.
- Explain the origin of each theory.
- Identify the researchers who were instrumental in the development of each theory.
- Provide strengths and weaknesses of each theory.
- Identify types of learning situations that are best suited to each theory.
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