Theories of learning and their implications

Jones, Ann and Mercer, Neil (1993). Theories of learning and their implications. In: Scrimshaw, Peter ed. Language, Classrooms and Computers. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 11–28.



In any form of teaching, assumptions are made about the kind of learning that the teacher hopes will take place, and about the process of learning. In other words the teacher has a model of learning, although it may not be explicit: indeed the teacher may not be aware of it herself. What are the assumptions about teaching and learning which lie behind educational programs? What kind of learning is envisaged by the designer of a particular piece of software? In this chapter we shall look at the relationship between theories of learning and educational software. In order to do this we need to look at some of the theories of learning which are relevant: behaviourism, constructivism and "socio-cultural" theory, derived from the work of Vygotsky.

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