Learning Theory for Educators
Gain an overview of the theoretical perspectives of human learning. Study behaviourism, humanism, constructivism and cognitivism. Apply these theories to the learning environment, teaching strategies, classroom assessment and testing.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- explain key concepts associated with contemporary theoretical perspectives on human learning
- interpret a variety of scientific evidence of contemporary theoretical perspectives on human learning
- explain a variety of effective assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning
- recognise a purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning
- generate teaching and learning products for later professional use (such as learning activities, tools, part lesson plans).
- Educational psychology and learning theory
- Ecological systems theory
- Theories of learning versus theories of development
- Individual differences in learning
- Behavioural views of learning
- Cognitive views of learning
- Constructivist views of learning
- Humanistic views and motivations to Learn
- Theory applied to learning environment
- Theory applied to teaching strategies
- Theory applied to standardised testing
- Theory applied to classroom assessment
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This subject provides an overview of theoretical perspectives on human learning including behaviourism, humanism, constructivism and cognitivism. Each set of theoretical assumption is evaluated based on scientific evidence and explored in terms of practical applications in promoting learning in educational and care environments. In addition to emphasis on Standard 1 (know your students and how they learn) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, this subject focuses on assessment strategies and appropriate teacher feedback to students (Standard 5). The corresponding Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), and 3 (early childhood pedagogies) are also addressed.
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