Information Processing

In weeks twelve and thirteen we were each charged with the task of completing a brief peer presentation on a different learning theory. I opted for information processing grounded in early educational theory since I’ve studied contemporary composites models … read more

Piaget vs Vygotsky

Compare and contrast Piaget and Vygotsky’s theory and implications for teaching and learning


Piaget’s Genetic Epistemology – Implications for teaching and learning:

  • Heirarchal stages
  • Stages develop on their own
  • Maturation + experience
  • Child is more independent
  • How learner interacts
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Cognitive Consequences

The experiments reported in the article by Sparrow, Liu, and Wegner (2011) mostly dealt with somewhat superficial instructions and data. Describe transactive memory from a neurological perspective.

From a neurological perspective, transactive memory is a system in which groups … read more

Drill & Practice vs Strategic Learning

After reading the review of work in this area, would you encourage a ‘drill & practice’ approach to learning math, or more of a conceptual strategic-based approach? Why or why not?

Both approaches have merits and uses in different … read more

Thought Paper 2: Neuroscience

Should the contemporary role of ‘teacher’ today be ‘scientist-practitioner’ through cross-training in neuroscience? Would this empower teachers?

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Not a Learning Theory

This week’s discussion questions seemed to center around finding a viable strategy with regards to applying educational neuroscience. They asked us to consider as teachers, how we might evaluate and approach this in certain situations, within certain parameters. We … read more

The Scientific Method

How can the scientific method meet the goals of education?

Beyond the scientific method, what other teaching techniques can teacher’s use to help student’s process information effectively and efficiently?


To sum it up briefly, the scientific method can … read more

Thought Paper 1: Behaviourism

Is behaviorism not as useful for describing the mechanics of learning, as it is for the application of classroom management techniques?

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Online Learning Theory

Does learning need to be all of: community-centered, knowledge-centered, learner-centered, and assessment-centered for effective learning to occur. In other words are each of these characteristics weighted equally in their impact on effective learning?

First, I tend to agree with … read more

Situated Learning & Constructivism

What is ‘knowledge’ from a Situated Learning perspective? How does this compare with knowledge from a Constructivist perspective (described by von Glasersfeld, 2008).

In Situated Learning, learners “co-produce knowledge through activity” that occurs in the same environment in which read more