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.

Faculty Theory and Mental Discipline
A brief overview of this theory of historical interest.

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

Operant Conditioning
See also Introduction to Operant Conditioning.

Operant vs. Classical Conditioning
Compares the two.

Operant Conditioning: ABA History
Overview and history of operant conditioning.

Behavioral Learning Theory
A WebQuest.

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

Social Cognitive Theory
Information on this 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 Principles of Humanistic Education.

Humanistic and Open Education
An excellent overview. See also Courage and Fear: A Lesson Plan Using The Red Badge of Courage (an example of confluent or holistic learning).

What is Brain-Based Learning?
See also Explanation of Brain-Based Learning.

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 About Responsive Classroom for an overview.

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

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

Madeline Hunter Method
See also Summary of Principles of Direct Instruction and Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Model.
Thematic Instruction
A definition and other information from Funderstanding. See also A Thematic Approach.

What Is Cooperative Learning and How Does It Work?
See also Cooperative Learning and  What Are Cooperative and Collaborative Learning?

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 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
A good source of information. See also Learning Styles Lesson Plan as well as What Is Your Personal Thinking Style? 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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