TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and delivery group-based learning

Why is it important to understand different learning theories?

With centuries of research working towards understanding how humans actually learn, it only makes sense as an educator to have some grounding in this work to help you move from novice to expert. Some existing theories include:

  • Cognitive learning theory
  • Andragogy
  • Pedagogy
  • Information processing
  • Behavioural learning theory
  • Constructivist theory 
  • Situational learning theory
  • Social learning theory
  • Scaffolding
  • Chunking
  • Spacing and Spaced Repetition
  • Feedback and assessment as a learning tool
  • Immersive learning 

Each has its foundations in psychology and education research that have helped us to understand the processes that work and don’t work in a learning environment. As we progress headlong into the decades of the 21st century – much of this research has been refined and utilised by teaching professionals with real-world results. 

If you haven’t already, take a moment to research some of these to gain a better foundation for your own practices.