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Learning theories

Work in your team to develop a mind map to show branching and connections of major learning theories and their key parameters. The Mindmeister will allow you to extend your collaboration beyond the classroom time •Display this mind map in your blog  


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Piaget and Individual Cognition

Instructors have to take into account the role that fundamental concepts, such as the permanence of objects, play in establishing cognitive structures. Source:

La Gestalt

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts", Holistic/global experiences for development, Thinking as productive or reproductive, Design of ICT takes into account La Gestalt principles in order to optimize efficiency of models (eg. visual and spatial patterning)

Wittrock's generative learning model

The brain operates through processes of generating meaningful relations “among concepts and between knowledge and experience”

Brain-based learning

Learning must meet the physiological functions of the brain. Source: Fortner 2004

Braingym, 1974

ICT implications, Promotes multitasking which can be incorporated into ICT tasks.

Control Theory

You can meet students’ needs for belonging and control by involving them in decisions that concern them. Source: Bluestien, Glasser

Gardner's Multiple Intelligences

Spatial, Siftables, Simulations, Classroom Environment

Linguistic, Siftables, Podcasts, Blogs/ Forums/ Chat

Logical-Mathematical, Spreadsheets, Simulations, Siftables

Bodily-Kinestheitc, Siftables, Laboratory Equipment

Musical, Siftables, Electronic Instruments, Garage Band

Interpersonal, Blogs, Forums, Chat, Online Collaboration tools (e.g. Brainstorming)

Intrapersonal, Self-Analysis Brainstorming, Personality/ Intelligence Testing, Reflection Blogs

Naturalistic, Natural Simulations, Interacting with like-minded people and groups online, World Events - Environmental Issues

Existential, Debate, Philosophical Forums, Explorations of Scale - the very small to the very large

Theory lacks substantial evidence. Brain is not a set of functional compartments.

ICT Connections

Technology and Learner both enhanced

Right brain vs. Left brain

Left brain, Logical Sequential, Rational, Analytical, Objective, Looks at parts., Schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking

Right brain, Random, Intuitive, Holistic Synthesizing, Subjective, Looks at wholes.

Imaginative education

Cultural tools are cognitive tools for each of us, Somatic understanding, Mythic Understanding, Romantic Understanding, Philisophic Understanding, Ironic understanding



Sequencing (of learning activities)

Pavlov (conditioned learning)


Its positive and negative reinforcement techniques can be very effective. Source:



ICT Connections

Technology acts as a stimulus; a recorder of response; a means of skill practice; and a way to receive feedback and practice to perfection

Operant conditioning may promote or discourage the use of ICT.


Instruction–Under the theory of constructivism, educators focus on making connections between facts and fostering new understanding in students. Assessment becomes part of the learning process so that students play a larger role in judging their own progress. Source:

Vygotsky and Social Cognition

Two children might have the same level of actual development, but given the appropriate help from an adult, one might be able to solve many more problems than the other. Source:, Zone of proximal development

In contrast to Jean Piaget’s understanding of child development (in which development necessarily precedes learning), Vygotsky felt social learning precedes development. Source:, Sensorimotor stage, Preoperational stage, Concrete operations, Formal operations

ICT Connections

Technology is used to struggle with and encounter new ideas and evidence that may contradict prior experiences; to incorporate new information with the learner's pre-existing conceptions; and to arrive at a new or modified understanding


A view of an overall interaction as a construction of multiple smaller and inter-related connections. These internal interactions can be between things (material-based) or between concepts (semiotic). The inter-relationships between the material and semiotic relations form a network of interactions. The network as an entity forms the overall interaction, which is therefore simultaneously material and semiotic.

Technology can be used to form the network. The interface for the technology allows access to the network for the actor(s)., Computers not seen as objects but rather as tools that when used adequately provide an advantage

Constructivism has become educations version of the grand unified theory - Micheal Matthews

Model-Dependent Realism

"... our brains interpret the input from our sensory organs by making a model of the world" - Hawking, S. W., & Leonard Mlodinow. (2010). The Mystery of Being. The Grand Design. New York: Bantam. Print.


When educators take neuroscience into account, they organize a curriculum around real experiences and integrated, “whole” ideas. Source:

Complex thinking abilities may be developed throughout life

Impact on the model of teachers as "all knowing" beings.

Learning Styles

Traditional schooling tends to favor abstract perceiving and reflective processing. www.funderstanding .com/ content/about-learning

BBC 4 Radio program

strategies, or regular mental behaviours, habitually applied by an individual to problem-solving. Source: Prichard 2009 Ways of Learning

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Reference Books (Online)

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Secondary Education : The Key Concepts

Learning Theories

Motivational Theory

ARCS model

Attention, Perceptual, Novel events to draw interest, Inquiry-based, Challenging events to draw interest

Relevance, Associations to present or future applications in order to increase motivation

Confidence, Provide realistic measures to success in which the learner can self assess this component

Satisfaction, Learning must be encountered as a useful skill - not a pattern or a chore

ICT implications

Demands careful design of ICT activities that are truly meaningful to the learner.


This seems to be a learning theory meant to be based on the "new" world of technology. It has to do with the learner beginning at some stage with isolated sets of knowledge and through the digital world, forming connections between them and in so doing expanding on and creating new knowledge in the process. I've just begun reading about this a little bit in the paper: Teacher's pedagogical reasoning and action in the digital age, by Louise Starkey.