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Understanding and Using Educational Theories

Understanding and Using Educational Theories

Third Edition

May 2022 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This textbook gives readers a clear overview of a selection of 19 of the most influential thinkers on education, including established names (Vygotsky, Bruner, Dewey), more recent thinkers (Freire, hooks, Claxton) and other key names whose writing has helped shaped our views on teaching and learning. 

Each chapter includes practical examples showing how theories can be used to inform classroom teaching, and critiques of each theorist exploring opposing viewpoints and the strengths and weaknesses of different ideas.

This third edition includes:

  • New chapters on Barak Rosenshine and Daniel Goleman
  • Revamped reflective tasks with a greater practical focus for the classroom
  • More models and theoretical diagrams throughout

This is an essential primer for any university course that includes learning theory, with particular relevance for initial teacher education, education studies and early childhood degrees.

Karl Aubrey has recently retired from his post at Bishop Grosseteste University.

Alison Riley is the Programme Leader for the BA Early Childhood Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University.

John Dewey: A Democratic Notion of Learning
Maria Montessori: Liberating the Child
Jean Piaget: Understanding the Mind of the Child
Lev Vygotsky: An Early Social Constructivist Viewpoint
B.F. Skinner: The Father of Operant Conditioning
Benjamin Bloom: Learning Through Taxonomies
Malcolm S. Knowles: Contextualising Adult Learning
Jerome Bruner: An Evolution of Learning Theories
Albert Bandura: Learning Through Observation
Urie Bronfenbrenner: The Ecology of Human Development
Paulo Freire: Oppression, Freedom and Critical Approaches to Education
Donald Schön: Reflection and Learning
David Kolb: Experiential Learning Theory
Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger: Socially Situated Learning and Communities of Practice
Barak Rosenshine: Principles of Instruction
Daniel Goleman: Emotional Intelligence
Guy Claxton: Learning Power
Dylan Wiliam: Assessment for Learning
Carol Dweck: Mindsets and Motivation

This is such a great reference tool, either for the tutor before each session or for students at any time to dig a little deeper into a theory mentioned in study. loads of references and links rot further reading...if required.

Mr Donald Moyse
Command Training, Sussex Police
May 30, 2022

Simple introduction to educational theory. easy to read and understand to build on knowledge.

Ms Marsha louise Evans
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University
May 27, 2022

This book explores a range of educational theorists offering a critically analytical approach of ideas, highlighting ways to apply theory to practice. It is clearly written, easy to digest and presented in a practical and logical order.

This book is a fantastic addition to anyone's reading list who is required to understand the thinking and background of theorists in relation to teaching practice, particularly teaching pre and post secondary.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
March 27, 2022

very clear, readable overview of important theories that will be a useful reference source for a number of modules

Mr Richard Millican
Department of Education, Gloucestershire University
May 11, 2022

Useful overview of a range of theories written in a clear and accessible style. Works across some of our other modules too.

Mrs Sian Templeton
Department of Education, Gloucestershire University
May 3, 2022

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