"This book provides a really sound grounding in the theories that underpin successful teaching and learning. Without over-simplification it provides accessible introductions to the key learning theories with which teachers and students are likely to engage, and it has immense practical value."
Professor Sally Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Metropolitan University, UKThis comprehensive guide for education students and practitioners provides an overview of the major theories of learning. It considers their implications for policy and practice and sets out practical guidelines for best pedagogical practice.
The book can be read as a series of stand-alone chapters or as an integrated overview of theoretical perspectives drawn from the philosophy, psychology, sociology and pedagogy that guide educational principles and practice. Each chapter contains:
An accessible introduction to each theory
A summary of key principles
Critical insights drawn from the theories discussed
Examples and illustrations from contemporary research and practice
Summary boxes that highlight critical and key points made
Practical implications for education professionals
Approaches to Learning is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners who wish to reflect on their educational constructs and explore and engage in the modern discourse of education.
Anne Jordan is Programme Director of the MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, and Honorary Professor at Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University, Russia. Orison Carlile is Programme Director of the MA in Management in Education at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, and Honorary Professor at Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University, Russia. Annetta Stack is Programme Director of the MSc in Multimedia and E-Learning, and Teacher and Learning Coordinator at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Introduction 1.Philosophical foundations 2.Behaviourism 3.Cognitivism 4.Constructivism 5.Social learning 6.Cultural learning 7.Intelligence 8.Life course development 9.Adult learning 10.Values 11.Motivation 12.The learning body 13.Language and learning 14.Experiential learning 15.Inclusivity and learning 16.Blended learning 17.The future