This paper offers a number of materials and resources which may be used as teaching aids for introduction-level courses in learning theories, especially those in higher education. The materials were developed during our participation in a postgraduate diploma module on the psychology of learning and learning theories in 2004, as part of the diploma in third-level learning and teaching at the DIT Learning and Teaching Centre.
The materials include:
- three timeline diagrams illustrating the development of learning theories which locate key thinkers and key ideas in their historic and socio-political contexts
- three summary diagrams of behaviourist, humanist and social learning theories using a honey-comb image
- power-point slides summarising the five orientations of learning: behaviourist, humanist, cognitivist, social learning and constructivist
- an introductory text to support the visuals.
Ashworth, Frank; Brennan, Gabriel; Egan, Kathy; Hamilton, Ron; and Sáenz, Olalla
"Learning Theories and Higher Education,"
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://arrow.dit.ie/level3/vol2/iss1/4