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Learning Theories

What is a learning theory?

A learning theory proposes an approach to how people receive, process and retain information when learning something new. There are five major schools of thought: behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism and connectivism. Each has its own view of what knowledge is, how people learn, what motivates people and its impact for the instructional designer.

LEARNING THEORY

Approaches

The following outline the five major approaches to learning: behavorism, cognitivism, connectivism, constructivism and humanism. 

BEHAVIORISM

Behaviorism proposes that behavior is learned by interacting with the environment through a series of stimuli-response associations. It involves an instructional cue, stimuli and response: practice, reinforcement and feedback.

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COGNITIVISM

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CONNECTIVISM

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CONSTRUCTIVISM

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HUMANISM

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REFERENCES

Ertmer, Peggy A. and Newby, Timothy J. Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology.