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Theories of learning


One of the best definitions I found to describe theories of learning is that it “is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.” Different individuals learn in different ways, therefore, in my opinion, a teacher should combine different theories in order to keep students motivated and make it easier for them to understand. There are various learning theories and first, I am going to mention the behaviourist approach, which personally I do not agree much with.

Behaviourism defines learning as nothing more than the acquisition of new behaviour. Learning is controlled by the teacher. Furthermore, the cognitive theory goes beyond behaviorism in that it extends the mechanical assumptions to the mind, not just behavior. On the other hand, Constructivism focuses on how learners construct their own meaning based upon their current/past knowledge and social interactions. In this theory, learning is student centered which is tailored to each student. Moreover, there is the theory of connectivism. I agree with some critics that connectivism is a form of constructivism. However, it is reworked to fit the digital age.

The ICT revolution has increased the relevance of connectivism which is based on network learning. Therefore, implying this theory in our Computer Science and ICT lessons is quite relevant. Teachers should build the trust in knowledge available within networks in their students.









One comment on “Theories of learning

  1. thenarnianx
    October 13, 2014

    I agree that constructivism is a good approach towards teaching students in a way which is not as standard as behaviourism. Students may engage more in mode of learning since they will be using their own personal experience. However all students learn through different styles and there is probably no particular method of teaching which is 100% effective for all students.

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