In regards to the utility of theory in education, Stephen Brookfield (2005) wrote, "Like it or not, we are all theorists and our formal and informal theories of practice inevitably frame how we approach helping students learn. The formal theory that appears in books and journals may be a more codified, regulated, and abstracted form of thinking about general problems, but it is not different in kind from the understandings embedded in our local decisions and actions" (p. 10).

Week 3 | What are some prevailing theories and models of learning?


#1 READ: Jerrid Kruse's "Learning Theories Editorial" [pdf attached]

#2 RESEARCH: Conduct independent research on your assigned theorist:

B. F. Skinner
Jean Piaget
Lev Vygotsky
Monday Group
Matt A., Karina B., Sheri B., Anna C., Kaitlyn W., Eileen M.
Catherine D., Lori K., Marisa T., Erika B., Emily B., Theresa K.
Kerri L., Barb M., Jill B., Ashley C., Thilagha J., Erin S.
Tuesday Group
Anisha P., Kelly M., Mike K., David, C., Effie G., Sue P.
Courtney P., Kate M., Megan L., Elisa G., Mel C., Christina T.
Sarah P., Rich M., Marianne M., Nida K., Melissa C., JP W.

#3 IDENTIFY: Locate at least two additional sources you found most helpful in understanding your assigned theorist's work and theory of learning.

#4 WRITE: "Q & A in full Bloom"

  • Examine and become familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy (see diagram below and here are two additional text resources that can help with interpreting and applying Bloom's Taxonomy are Resource 1 and Resource 2).

  • Pretend you are preparing a lesson on the material covered in the Kruse reading. Focus your lesson on your assigned educational theorist. Create a robust list of the most important ideas you took from the reading and your resources. Your list should be thorough, however no longer than one page in length.

  • Using your list of key concepts from the text(s) as a starting point and Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide, prepare six questions and answers you would use to assess your students' understanding of the material--most relevant and important take-away points. [Note: Your answers should be ones you would give full credit to; in other words, A+ answers.]

  1. Two of your questions (labeled Q1, Q2) should fall within Bloom’s first two levels (Knowledge and Comprehension).

  2. Two of your questions (Q3, Q4) should fall within the second two levels (Application and Analysis).

  3. Two of your questions (Q5, Q6) should fall within either the Synthesis or Evaluation levels.

  • Prepare one sheet of paper with just your questions, as if you were going to give them to a hypothetical student. Prepare a second sheet of paper with your questions, answers, and the citations for your two additional resources to turn in.




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