From novice to expert

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This is number 24 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The last post highlighted issues around the andragogy theory of Malcolm Knowles. In this post, we review the situated learning theory of Jean Lave. The notion of legitimate peripheral participation could be easily applied to online learning.

Learning, making and powerful ideas

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This is number 31 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, the work of Seymour Papert will feature, especially his work on learning through making, also known as constructionism. The Theory Not to be confused with constructivism, constructionism is a cognitive theory that relates to learning by making things.

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Deeper learning

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This is number 5 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the original works. It has also influenced other recently proposed cognitive processing theories including spreading activation theory and neural network theory.

Conflict resolution

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This is number 11 in my series of short posts on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, we continue to explore Festinger''s work, this time focusing on his theory of cognitive dissonance. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Stage by stage

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This is number 33 in my series on learning theories. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I''m providing a brief overview of the theories, and how each can be applied in education. My last post explored the work of Allan Paivio and his theory of dual coding. The Theory Jean Piaget was interested in how children develop their thinking.

In two minds

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This is number 32 in my series on learning theories. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I''m providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. My last post explored the work of Seymour Papert and his theory of learning by making , also known as constructionism. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

The shape of minds to come

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This is number 17 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I featured Hull''s Drive Reduction theory and its applications to education. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Words in mind

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This is number 34 in my learning theories series. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The last post in this series featured the stages of cognitive development model proposed by Jean Piaget. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

Working Out Loud: Using the Tools We Already Have

Learnnovators

A bit more conscious thinking behind why, when and how we use these platforms can transform our daily meandering interactions into purposeful habits around learning, sharing and community building. This thought was triggered by David Kelly’s presentation – Social Media, Social Learning, and Curation where he highlights the role each of the social tools/platform can play in our sharing and learning.

A steep learning curve

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This is number 9 in my series on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In the last post we examined Yrjö Engeström''s Second Generation Activity Theory and its applications to education. In this post, we explore the work of Hermann Ebbinghaus on memory and learning. We often hear people say they are ''on a steep learning curve''.

Experiential learning

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This is number 7 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory. In this post, we explore the work of John Dewey on experiential and interactive learning. He also placed greater emphasis on the social context of learning.

The shape of minds to come

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Image by Steve Wheeler This is number 17 in my series on learning theories. I'm working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I featured Hull's Drive Reduction theory and its applications to education. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Theory-informed design tips

E-Learning Provocateur

In my previous article , I proposed a Taxonomy of Learning Theories to organise a few of the myriad of theories into some semblance of order, and to assist instructional designers in using theory to inform their work. In this article, I go one step further by listing specific, practical instructional design tips that are informed by those theories. If you have your own theory-informed design tips, I’d love you to share them with me!

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Learning Styles in Training Development: Truth or Myth?

Trivantis

But how significant really is my “learning style” (visual vs. auditory vs. kinesthetic) in the learning and development community? Many studies from the last few years suggest that learning styles are a myth, a fad, a waste of time, etc. I did some more research to read (visual learner here) about both sides of this learning theory in the education and eLearning communities. The post Learning Styles in Training Development: Truth or Myth?

Watch and learn

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This is the third in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. Yesterday we examined the work of Chris Argyris on double loop learning. Today, we explore the work of Albert Bandura on social learning theory. From his research Bandura formulated four principles of social learning.

Many pathways

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This is number 12 in my series of short posts on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I examined Leon Festinger''s cognitive dissonance theory and its applications to education. In this post, we explore the work of Howard Gardner, known universally as Multiple Intelligences Theory.

Who's in charge?

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This is number 35 in my ongoing series on learning theories. In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The most recent post in this series featured spreading activation theory - a theory adapted from a hierarchical model of memory proposed by Ross Quillian and Allan Collins. In this post, I present a brief overview of Julian Rotter's locus of control theory. Bruner Scaffolding Theory 5.

Self fulfilling prophecies

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This is number 36 in my continuing series of blog posts about learning theories. Psychology has contributed much to our understanding of how people learn, and listed alphabetically below are all of the previous theories I have featured in this series. My most recent post featured locus of control theory, and today's post is about the Pygmalion Effect in education. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2. Argyris Double Loop Learning 3.

Learning as dialogue

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Many of the earlier learning theories place the learner in splendid isolation. From the neo-behaviourist theories of Thorndike, Watson and Skinner, we were led to believe that learners respond to stimuli and make associations between the two, and that these links represent learning. This prompted new approaches in schools that included discovery learning and progressive curricula that neatly reflected Piaget''s stages of cognitive development model.

The point of no return

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This is number 27 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, I will examine Jack Merizow''s Transformative Learning theory. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

Activity learning

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This is number 8 in my series on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the various educational theories of John Dewey including experiential learning. In this post, we explore the work of Yrjö Engeström on Activity Theory. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals.

Lightbulb moments

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We reach number 21 in this series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my last post I featured Gestalt theory - and the work of Kurt Koffka. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

Joining the dots

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This is number 20 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, we will explore the Gestalt theory of Kurt Koffka. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

Behave yourself

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This is number 19 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my last post I featured the work of Carl Jung and his theories of synchronicity and archetypes. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. The theory What is normal?

Drive through learning

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This is number 16 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I featured the theory of Heutagogy by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon and its applications to education. In this post, we will explore Clark Hull''s drive reduction theory of motivation. The Conflicting Psychologies of Learning: A Way Out.

Our mutual friends

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This is number 28 in my series on learning theories. I''m gradually working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. My most recent post explored Jack Merizow''s Transformative Learning theory. As usual, this is a simplified and concise interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Help yourself

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This is number 15 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, we take a look at an emerging theory of learning proposed by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon, known as Heutagogy. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

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Design for life

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This is number 30 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. This should not so much be considered as a theory, but is a useful perspective on design and human perception. As usual, this is a simplified and concise interpretation, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Koffka Gestalt theory 21.

Better together

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Photo by US Dept of Agriculture on Flickr Social learning is one of the vital components of contemporary learning and development. None of us lives in a vacuum, and we are better, stronger and wiser when we learn and work together. Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1978) argued that we learn best when we are immersed in a socially rich, culturally relevant environment. It is also a poor method of learning. Social learning is strongly relational.

Strictly for adults?

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This is number 23 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The last post featured David Kolb and his cyclical model of experiential learning. In this post, we review the andragogy theory of Malcolm Knowles. Clearly, andragogy is a theory that is best located in the adult education sector. Koffka Gestalt theory 21.

Knowledge, practice and community

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After a break from blogging during the summer break, I''m back, and here is the continuation of my series on theories of learning, with number 25. You may recall that I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The previous post highlighted issues around the situated learning theory of Jean Lave. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

Going the extra mile

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This is number 26 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The previous post highlighted issues around the theory of Communities of Practice, from the work of Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger. In this post, I''m revisiting a well known and heavily used motivational theory - Maslow''s Hierarchy of Human Needs.

Opening up #learning: Forms and formats

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Following on from my previous post , I was asked what was the difference between new forms of learning and new formats of learning. This brought together two of the most potent human senses of sight and sound, and later, as programmed texts became available to accompany television, we exploited what psychologist Allan Paivio described as the dual cognitive facilities of imagen (visual) and logogen (speech and writing) processing.

Shocking behaviour

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This is number 29 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. Another of Milgram''s experiments led to a theory of compliance, more generally referred to as obedience to authority. As usual, this is a simplified and concise interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Try it and see

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This is number 22 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, we will explore the work of David Kolb on experiential learning. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

What you see is what you get

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Here is number 13 in my series of short posts on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I examined Howard Gardner''s theory of multiple intelligences and its applications to education. In this post, we explore the work of James Jerome Gibson on the perception of everyday objects and his theory of affordances.

Go compare

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We reach double figures with number 10 in my series of short blog posts on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, we explore the work of Leon Festinger , namely social comparison theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

In the flow

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This is number 6 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the work of Craik and Lockhart on Levels of Processing theory. In this post, we explore the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

What you see is what you think

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A 3D Printed version of the Penrose Triangle This is number 14 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I discussed J J Gibson''s affordances theory and its applications to education. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Going the extra mile

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Photo by Steve Wheeler This is number 26 in my series on learning theories. I'm working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The previous post highlighted issues around the theory of Communities of Practice, from the work of Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger. The theory has been a basic element of all teacher education for several decades.