Learning Theories Simplified
...and how to apply them to teaching
- Bob Bates - Independent Consultant, UK
Are you struggling to get your head around John Dewey’s educational pragmatism? What exactly is Jean Piaget saying about cognitive development? Maybe you’re running out of time and patience making sense of Carol Dweck’s mindsets? Have you reached breaking point reading Daniel T. Willingham on educational neuroscience?
Written for busy teachers, trainers, managers and students, this 'dip-in, dip-out' guide makes theories of learning accessible and practical. It explores 130 classic and contemporary learning theorists in an easy-to-use, bite-sized format with clear relevant illustrations on how each theory will benefit teaching and learning.
Each model or theory is explained in less than 350 words, followed by a 'how to use it' section.
What's new to this edition:
- A new early childhood theorists section
- A new communication theories section
- Additional ‘on trend’ theorists throughout
- New ‘critical view’ features added to each entry.
Bob’s extensive knowledge of putting educational theory into practice shines through in this book. He gives clear explanations of each theory, often relating them to his own teaching experiences. He uses realistic examples to help the reader engage with the theory, with useful tips to put each into practice. I recommend this book to practitioners in the further education sector as well as in schools.
excellent book and resource material
An excellent supporting text to allow students access to a range of theories.
It's a useful whistle stop tour of learning theory that wide in its scope, easily readable and directly relatable to practice.
very clear and informative
A really clear understanding of key theorists for students starting a degree
Although good clear academic information as yet the book does not meet the course criteria.
A good book which breaks down theory into more understandable wording
A clear go to book that overviews all theorists, for those who need to locate scholarly links and a great source for trainees teachers to refer to when working on assignments to locate further reading relevant to their work.
A great book for developing your knowledge of the different learning theories - great to be able to access the summary views of important academics - very useful.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Section 1.1 Educational Philosophy