Summaries of Learning Theories and Models

Theories and Models of Learning for Educational Research and Practice. This knowledge base features learning theories and models that address how people learn. A resource useful for scholars of various fields, including educational psychology, instructional design, and human-computer interaction. Below is the index of learning theories, grouped
into categories.

Behaviorist Theories:

  • Behaviorism Overview
  • Classical Conditioning (Pavlov)
  • GOMS Model (Card, Moran, and Newell)
  • Operant Conditioning (Skinner)
  • Social Learning Theory (Bandura)

Cognitivist Theories:

  • Cognitivism Overview
  • Attribution Theory (Weiner)
  • Cognitive Load Theory (Sweller)
  • Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Mayer)
  • Elaboration Theory (Reigeluth)
  • Stage Theory of Cognitive Development (Piaget)

Constructivist, Social, and Situational Theories:

  • Constructivism Overview
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship (Collins et al.)
  • Communities of Practice (Lave and Wenger)
  • Discovery Learning (Bruner)
  • Social Development Theory (Vygtosky)
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Situated Learning (Lave)

Motivational and Humanist Theories:

  • Humanism Overview
  • ARCS Model of Motivational Design (Keller)
  • Emotional Intelligence (Goleman)
  • Experiential Learning (Kolb)
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow)
  • Self-Determination Theory (Deci and Ryan)

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