Learning Theories and Teaching Models
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Learning Theories
Your Emerging Theory/Philosophy of Teaching
Complete this rating scale to find out if your beliefs about learning are consistent with those of behaviorism, cognitivism, or humanism.

Educational Psychology Interactive:
Click on Index of Topics in the left-hand margin to find the topics included in this site.

Learning Theories
A hypertext, alphabetical index.

Classical Conditioning
From Scientific American. See also Classical Conditioning: How It Works and  Few Examples.

Operant Conditioning
See also Introduction to Operant Conditioning.

Conditioning: Operant versus Classical
See also Classical and Operant Conditioning.

Operant Conditioning and Behaviorism - An Historical Outline
An overview of the history of behavioral learning theories.

Behaviorism Tutorial
An on-line tutorial in the basics of behaviorism.

Behavioral Theories of Learning
A WebQuest.

B. F. Skinner Foundation
A Skinner bibliography as well as information about Skinner's contributions to psychology.

Social Cognitive Theory
Information on concept of learning developed by Albert Bandura.

Cognitive Learning Theory
An article titled, "Foundations of Cognitive Theory: A Concise Review." See also The Cognitive Learning Theory, and Cognitive Learning Theory  - WebQuest.

A basic introduction to the humanistic view of learning. See also Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) Humanistic Theory of Learning and What Humanistic Education is . . . And Is Not.

Humanistic and Open Education
An excellent overview. See also Instructional Strategies (scroll down the page for information on humanism and confluent education), Courage and Fear: A Lesson Plan Using The Red Badge of Courage (an example of confluent or holistic learning), and Holistic Lesson Plan Index.

What is Brain-Based Learning?
See also 12 design principles based on brain-based learning research.

The Whole Brain Atlas
From Harvard Medical School.

Teaching/Instructional Models

The Responsive Classroom
A popular approach to elementary education that employs many humanistic principles. See Responsive Classroom Fact Sheet for a brief overview.

A. S. Neill's Summerhill
Learn about Summerhill and A. S. Neill.

Instructional Methods
An excellent, concise list of advantages and disadvantages of several teaching techniques.

Madeline Hunter Method
See also Summary of Principles of Direct Instruction and Hunter Model Lesson Plans Index.

Thematic Instruction
A definition and other information from Funderstanding. See also Thematic Instruction.        

Introduction to Cooperative Learning
See also Cooperative Learning and  What Are Cooperative and Collaborative Learning?

Office of Research -  Consumer Guide: Cooperative Learning
One more page with information about cooperative learning. It includes a summary of research on cooperative learning as well as brief descriptions of specific approaches to the use of this technique.

Jigsaw Classroom
The "official site" for this cooperative learning technique. See a high school nutrition unit for a n example of this model.  

Reciprocal Teaching
An overview of this cognitive technique. See also Reciprocal Teaching Lesson Plans and Recprocal Teaching Model Lesson Plan.

A good overview of constructivism and its use in teaching science.

Association for Constructivist Teaching

The Learning Cycle Approach to Science Instruction
Information on Piaget's three-phase learning cycle. See also The Jean Piaget Society.    

The Second Principle - Optimal Learning
A site devoted to "newer innovations in education that optimize learning" such as multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, and brain-based learning.

Learning Styles Resource Site
Under construction, but should be a good source of information. See also Learning Styles Lesson Plan Index for several lesson plans based on the work of Anthony Gregorc as well as Check Your Personal Thinking Style, Index of Learning Styles Questionaire, and The Vark Questionnaire.

The Myth of Learning Styles
An article debunking the importance of learning styles. See also Do Learning Styles Matter for Learning? and Do Learning Styles Really Matter?

What Is the Theory of Multiple Intelligences?
Good source for more basic information. See also Multiple Intelligences for a high school lesson plan on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences.

Multiple Intelligences Quiz
A very brief online inventory. See also Assessment: Find Your Strengths. 

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