Theories on, and around, learning

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This chapter introduces the reader to theories of learning. However, due to the large number of theories available (several books could easily be written to cover these), it is purposefully selective in its approach. As such, it acts as a springboard for further exploration and aims to highlight the potentially rich experience that can be achieved through drawing on theory and research. A list of suggested texts for further reading is available at the end. The chapter will cover the following: *What do we know? *Why use theory? *Behaviourism overview *Early behaviourism *Modern behaviourism *Thinking about learning *Assessing understanding *The spiral curriculum *Getting your students in the zone *Representing meaning *Humanism *How can I use humanism in my teaching? *Sociocultural approaches and situated learning *Learning domains *Mindsets *Action research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching English and Maths in FE: What works for vocational learners?
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781526414595
ISBN (Print)9781473992795
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017


  • Learning theories
  • Cognitivism
  • Behaviourism
  • Humanism
  • Zone of proximal development
  • Spiral curriculum


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