Human Learning

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Pearson, 2012 - Education - 501 pages

This highly respected, market-leading textbook on learning theories applied to education prepares pre-service teachers and other educators with a unique and meaningful learning experience. The sixth edition of Human Learning covers a broad-range of learning theories and key perspectives on learning related to education, including: behaviorist, cognitive, social cognitive, contextual, and developmental theories, always highlighting relationships between concepts. Additionally, the text details associationistic processes (e.g., classical and instrumental conditioning), and more complex and distinctly human processes (e.g. metacognition, self-regulated learning, critical thinking). Every chapter features key pedagogical concepts with specific applications to classroom practice, numerous concrete examples that illustrate key concepts, principles, and recommendations and dozens of proven examples help make the fundamentals of these theories comprehensible to students with little or no prior coursework in psychology.

Significant updates to this textbook include: important updates to reflect the most current research and new theories in the field, expansion of the chapter on cognition and memory, re-organization of Piaget and Vygotsky content into two separate chapters, a core section on teaching critical thinking skills, and the discussion of technology-based instructed has been significantly revised and expanded in this edition.

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Very readable, with interesting, engaging examples. Good textbook (improved over its editions), particularly for education graduate students who at some time had an undergrad course in psychology but no grad courses in the psychology of learning. Gives a good solid foundation in both behavioral and cognitive psychology, with applications to education and life in general. It's substantive, up-to-date, and relatively reader friendly, without watering down important knowledge. I think it's better than other human learning texts aimed at grad students in education, but do your own comparisons before deciding.  

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About the author (2012)

Jeanne Ellis Ormrod received her B.A. in psychology from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned licensure in school psychology through postdoctoral work at Temple University and the University of Colorado at Boulder and has worked as a middle school geography teacher and school psychologist. She was Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado until 1998, when she moved east to return to her native New England. She is currently affiliated with the University of New Hampshire, where she occasionally teaches courses in educational psychology and research methods. She has published numerous research articles on cognition and memory, cognitive development, and giftedness, but she is probably best known for this textbook and four others: Educational Psychology (currently in its seventh edition); Essentials of Educational Psychology (currently in its second edition); Child Development and Education (co-authored with Teresa McDevitt, currently in its fourth edition); and Practical Research (co-authored with Paul Leedy, currently in its ninth edition). With her three children now grown and out on their own, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband Richard.

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