While most teachers are skilled in providing opportunities for the progression of children's learning, it is sometimes without fully understanding the theory behind it. With greater insight into what is currently known about the processes of learning and about individual learners, teachers are better equipped to provide experiences and situations that are more likely to lead to effective acquisition of knowledge, concepts and skills.
Ways of Learning has been widely used and now, fully updated, it seeks to provide further insight into the ways in which learning takes place, which teachers can make use of in their planning and teaching, including:
an overview of learning
behaviourism and the beginning of theory
cognitive and constructivist learning
multiple intelligences and learning styles
difficulties with learning
the influence of neuropsychology
other theories, philosophies and names
relating theory to practice.
The fourth edition of this book includes developments in areas covered in the preceding editions, as well as expanding on certain topics to bring about a wider perspective; most notably, a new consideration of learning styles and a new chapter detailing important thinkers and writers from the history of education and their continuing influence along with other theories, ideas and thoughts not included in the rest of the book. The book also reflects changes in government policy and is closely related to new developments in practice.
Written for trainee teachers, serving teachers and others interested in learning for various reasons, Ways of Learning serves as a valuable introduction for students setting out on higher degree work who are in need of an introduction to the topic.
Alan Pritchard is Associate Fellow at the Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.
Preface Preface to the fourth edition Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Learning Chapter 2 Behaviourism and the beginnings of theory Chapter 3 Cognitive, constructivist learning Chapter 4 Multiple intelligences and Learning styles Chapter 5 Difficulties with learning Chapter 6 The impact of neuroeducational research Chapter 7 Other theories, ideas and people to know about Chapter 8 Relating theory to practice: what can we learn from research? Appendix Comparing and contrasting Piaget and Vygotsky - in summary References Index