Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching ‘becomes an M-level profession’ and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either the primary or secondary level, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding. Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.  

Considering Theories for Learning

Considering theories for learning

In this chapter you will explore:

  • Managerial discourses
  • The importance of learning theory
  • Considering theories of learning
  • Behaviourist theories
  • Cognitive theories
  • Social theories
  • Experiential theories
  • Pedagogies and assessment alongside learning theories


In Chapter 1 we saw that the ‘managerial’ discourses that underpin the current educational policy may frame our thinking about learning in a way that can be unhelpful. At first sight it may seem tempting to import such notions into education. The point of manufacture is to produce goods, the point of schools is to produce learning, although given the manner in which schools are expected to demonstrate their effectiveness this may be problematic, and we will look more closely at the nature of ‘school output’ in Chapter 5.

However we would argue that the aims of ...

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