The Applicability of Learning Theory
[WLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]
Prior to beginning work on this activity, review The Effects of Self-Regulated Learning Processes on E-Learning Outcomes in Organizational Settings, review the content from Weeks 1 through 3, visit the website Self-Determination Theory (Links to an external site.), and review the instructor guidance. This week you will be discussing the multiple perspectives about how humans learn, based on your developing knowledge about learning theory, and how the perspectives affect your own ability to perform at desired levels.
In your paper,
- Compare and contrast behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, and humanism as applied to learning.
- Summarize at least two sub-theories or ideologies within each theory or learning framework.
- Example from behaviorism: associative learning, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, conditioning, extinction, and ratio or interval schedules
- Example from cognitivism: schema theory, memory development, elaboration theory (i.e., Bloom’s taxonomy), cognitive load theory, and social learning or cognitive theory.
- Example from constructivism: cognitive constructivism, dialectical (social) constructivism, zone of proximal development, and discovery learning
- Example from humanism: motivational theories of learning (e.g. self-determination theory, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs), experiential learning, and Steiner pedagogy or Waldorf education.
- List and explain a minimum of two theoretically supported strategies from the past weeks that would most help you to increase your learning success.
- Apply basic methods of psychological research skills to this content by synthesizing supporting evidence from at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library in order to defend the strategies you have chosen.
The Applying Learning Theory to Life paper
- Must be a minimum of 5 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.), as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources.
- Must include APA headings (Links to an external site.).
- Must use at least two scholarly or peer-reviewed sources published within the last five years in addition to the course text or other course materials. You may also use required and recommended materials from the course, but these will not count towards the research component of your
- The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
- To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view this Ashford University Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
- Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
- Submit this paper to the Grammarly (Links to an external site.) tool within the course prior to submission. See the Writing Center & Library tab on the left.