Other Learning Theories

Multiple Intelligences

Definition This theory of human intelligence, developed by psychologist Howard Gardner, suggests there are at least seven ways that people have of perceiving and understanding the world. Gardner labels each of these ways a distinct “intelligence”–in other words, a set … Continue reading

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Brain Based Learning

Brain-based Learning

Definition This learning theory is based on the structure and function of the brain. As long as the brain is not prohibited from fulfilling its normal processes, learning will occur. Please note: since this article was published, Geoffrey and Renate … Continue reading

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Educators

Neuroscience

Definition Neuroscience is the study of the human nervous system, the brain, and the biological basis of consciousness, perception, memory, and learning. Discussion The nervous system and the brain are the physical foundation of the human learning process. Neuroscience links … Continue reading

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Educators

Piaget

Definition Swiss biologist and psychologist Jean Piaget (1896-1980) is renowned for constructing a highly influential model of child development and learning. Piaget’s theory is based on the idea that the developing child builds cognitive structures–in other words, mental “maps,” schemes, … Continue reading

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Behaviorism

Behaviorism

Definition Behaviorism is a learning theory that only focuses on objectively observable behaviors and discounts any independent activities of the mind. Behavior theorists define learning as nothing more than the acquisition of new behavior based on environmental conditions. Discussion Experiments … Continue reading

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