This book is a guide for all teachers in the FE and Skills Sector, regardless of their discipline. It explores how FE teachers can address the mathematics and English needs of all learners, to redress the skills gap that is a current focus. The text explores what works in the sector, examining the barriers to learning and how all learners can be included. It takes a focused look at what works for the vocational learners who have not succeeded in a school setting, and supports you to tackle the problems of low motivation in learners.

Theories on, and Around, Learning

Theories on, and around, learning

This Chapter

This chapter introduces the reader to theories of learning. However, due to the large number of theories available (several books could easily be written to cover these), it is purposefully selective in its approach. As such, it acts as a springboard for further exploration and aims to highlight the potentially rich experience that can be achieved through drawing on theory and research. A list of suggested texts for further reading is available at the end.

This chapter will explore:

  • What do we know?
  • Why use theory?
  • Whistle-stop tour of behaviourism.
  • Early behaviourism.
  • Modern behaviourism.
  • Thinking about learning: moving beyond the lab rats.
  • Assessing understanding.
  • The spiral curriculum.
  • Getting your students in the zone.
  • Representing meaning.
  • Humanism.
  • How can I use humanism in my teaching?
  • Sociocultural approaches and ...
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