Perspectives on Learning

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Teachers College Press, 2004 - Education - 116 pages
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Rather than simply outlining the classical and modern theories of learning, this widely adopted text brings the material to life through case studies that engage students in debates about what really happens in classrooms. Students are encouraged to test the strengths and weaknesses of each theory so that, ultimately, they will learn to formulate their own philosophies of teaching and learning. Perspectives on Learning is one of the five books in the highly regarded Teachers College Press Thinking About Eeucation Series, now in its Fourth Edition. All of the books in this series are designed to help pre- and in-service teachers bridge the gap between theory and practice. Book jacket.
  

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User Review  - Nate Smith - Goodreads

My educational psychology books did a much better job of describing the varios theories of learning. This book is too concise. Each one of the major theories deserves entire volumes of books! Read full review

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User Review  - Khalid Almoghrabi - Goodreads

a straight-forward introductory book on theories of learning. notably, behaviorism, constructivism and cognitive science with cases and clear examples. I recommend reading it for those who want to take a glimpse without being wet in philosophies of education :). Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The Teachers Responsibility
4
The Variety of Theories
5
The Plan of the Book
6
CLASSICAL THEORIES
9
Platos Theory of Learning
10
Case One
12
The Lockean Atomistic Model
13
Situated Cognition and Legitimate Peripheral Participation in Communities of Practice
62
Culture and Learning
64
COGNITIVE STRUCTURES AND DISCIPLINARY STRUCTURES
67
Maps and Organizers
68
An Exercise
70
The Structure of Disciplines
71
Bruner Schwab and Hirst
72
An Evaluation
75

Case Two
15
A Critique
16
Case Three
19
BEHAVIORISM
21
Classical Conditioning
23
Operant Conditioning
25
Case One
27
Strengths and Weaknesses
29
Case Two
31
PROBLEM SOLVING INSIGHT AND ACTIVITY
33
Case One
36
The Inquiring Organism
38
The Mind of the Learner
39
PIAGETIAN STRUCTURES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTIVISM
41
The Development of Cognitive Structures
42
The Principles of Construction
44
Case One
46
Some Critical Issues
47
Guidelines for Educators
49
Constructivist Approaches to Learning After Piaget
50
SOCIAL ASPECTS OF LEARNING
53
John Dewey
56
Case One
57
Case Two
60
Case Three
61
THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE APPROACH
76
The Heuristic Value for Researchers
77
The Heuristic Value for Teachers
79
Some Deficiencies of the Computer Model
81
Understanding Meaning and the Chinese Room
83
Plato and the Mind
87
ARGUMENTS AND ISSUES
90
The Relation of Learning Theory to Teaching
92
A Starting Place for Learning
93
Learning and Behavior Change
94
The Scientific Status of Gestalt and Behaviorist Theories
95
Different TeachingLearning Strategies
96
Teaching Learning and Stages of Development
97
Learning to Read
98
Learning Facts and Structures
99
Learning to Balance Chemical Equations
100
The Evaluation of Verbal and Skill Learning
102
Learning Shakespeare
103
Learning Responsibility
104
Culture and Learning
105
Individualized Learning
106
A Problem with Multiple Theories of Learning
107
Notes
109
Annotated Bibliography
113
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Jonas F. Soltis is William Heard Kilpatrick Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Education at Teachers' College, Columbia University.

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