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Theories for Learning
September 17, 2008, 3:22 am
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The reading this week left me in a state of uncertainty. I love the field of philosophy be it political philosophy, educational philosophy, etc. The main problem I have with philosophy is that every theory is “proven” to be wrong by another theory. The Alessi and Trollip reading really left me with this sense of that all of the theories discussed on education were both, the way to teach and not to teach for learning. I feel that the they did a decent job of showing both the positives and negatives of each of the learning theories: behavioralism, cognitivism, and constructivism. I could not discern if the author’s were for or against the constructivist theorists. At times it felt like they really sided with them and agreed that behavioralism “overlooked or even ignored valuable unintended outcomes,” and cognitivists do not always do what they state (cooperative and collaborative work). At other times it felt like they did not think that constructivism was the way to go either. They felt that constructivism had too many contradictions and constructivists were elitists. I feel, as do the authors, that the best approach to educating students is to use the three theories cohesively. This will help to ensure that you are meeting the needs of all learners.

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