Learning Theories

Learning theories come from the study of educational psychology and attempt to describe how people learn. With a learning theory as a foundation, instruction can be structured around making learning most effective. There are several commonly excepted categories of learning theories:

Behaviorist Models

Brhaviorist theories are not concerned with the cognitive process but with changes in observable behavior (see behaviorism).


Cognitivist Models

Cognitivist models attempt to make it easier for learning to take place based on what we know about how a learner to process information (see cognitivism).


Constructivist Models

Constructivist Models attempt to describe how learners learn and thereby how to create effective instruction (see constructivism).


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