Understanding and using educational theories
Author(s)Aubrey, Karl
Additional Author(s)
  • Riley, Alison
PublisherLos Angeles: Sage Publications Ltd, 2016
ISBN / ISSN9781473905900

Physical Dimension

Number of pages206 p.
Dimension24 cm.


If you’re training to teach or studying education a clear understanding of major educational theories and the thinkers behind them is essential in order to appreciate how different practices impact on learning. This textbook gives you a clear overview of the most influential twentieth and twenty-first century thinkers on education, including established names (including Vygotsky, Bruner, Dewey), more recent writers (such as Freire, Kolb, Claxton) and many other important theorists whose writings have helped shaped our views on teaching and learning. Each chapter includes: • Practical examples showing how theories can be used to inform classroom teaching • Critiques of each theorist exploring opposing viewpoints and the strengths and weaknesses of different ideas • Reflective tasks inviting you to apply what you’ve read to your own educational experiences

Table of Content

John Dewey: A democratic notion of learning
Maria Montessori: Liberating the child
Jean Piaget: Understanding the mind of the child
Lev Vygotsky: An early social constructivist viewpoint
B.F. Skinner: The father of operant conditioning
Benjamin Bloom: Learning through taxonomies
Malcolm S. Knowles: Contextualising adult learning
Jerome Bruner: An evolution of learning theories
Urie Bronfenbrenner: The ecology of human development
Paulo Freire: Oppression, freedom and critical approaches to education
Donald Schön: Reflection and learning
David Kolb: Experiential Learning Theory
Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger: Socially situated learning and communities of practice
Guy Claxton: Learning power


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