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Learning Theories in a Digital Age


Learning theories tackle with the different processes of how a person can assimilate and retain knowledge. There are various theories, which I believe should be amalgamated and altered depending on the students present in class; the two extremes being behaviorism and 21st century skills. Considering the digital age we presently reside in, in my view, the behaviorist approach should be the last theory to resort to in a Computer Studies lesson. This is because students are rendered as passive beings; where all sources of information and knowledge are supplied by the teacher. They learn by observing the teachers` behavior and follow content s/he provides and this restricts them from learning new artifacts through experiments. Skinner however, was in favor of it as he believes that a person learns how to behave by looking at someone else behavior.

What I think will operate better for students to advance and be a producer of their own learning, is the constructivist approach. I believe that in a Computer Studies class, appraising that today we are surrounded by technologies and computerization is at its peek, and this subject involves these areas, students should be active makers themselves and go through experiences they can learn from. I firmly agree with philosophers such as Dewey, Piaget and Vgotski that the teacher should only serve as a guide, and let the maker movement take place especially in computing classes.

This approach has even led to the connectivist approach; which I think can be exemplary in a computing class. This approach deals with the infinite online connections that 21st century students have, which they can use as a learning method. Blogs, wikis, online classrooms, virtual worlds… a never ending list; are all new ways how students can gain and digest knowledge even from the comfort of their home.







One comment on “Learning Theories in a Digital Age

  1. bernice1994
    October 13, 2014

    In the world which we are living today, students are born in technology. Therefore, teachers cannot restrict them to certain amount of information because they all know how to use the internet, which is much of a better resource for finding a vast variety of knowledge than what the teacher can give you. Hence, I agree with you that using the constructivist approach is a much of a better option than the behaviorist approach. Rather, the latter should be avoided.

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