Unit 3

Learning Theory in the Classroom

Introduction

There are many possible approaches to learning theory in the classroom. In this Unit, you will be introduced to the work of behaviourist, B.F. Skinner, and cognitive-interactionist, Jean Piaget, each of whom represents a major family of 20th century learning theory.

You will be asked to read some of the original writing of each psychologist and make up your own mind about the value of their respective ideas for classroom practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this Unit, you will have:

  • understood the ‘behaviourist' approach to learning theory
  • compared Skinner's behaviourism with the more ‘cognitive' approach of Piaget
  • evaluated each approach to learning theory in the context of your own