Since its first edition, An Introduction to Theories of Learning has provided a uniquely sweeping review of the major learning theories from the 20th century that profoundly influenced the field of psychology. In this tenth edition, the authors present further experimental evidence that tests many of the fundamental ideas presented in these classic theories, as well as explore many of the advances in psychological science and neuroscience that have yielded greater insight into the processes that underlie learning in human beings and animals.
The four main goals of this text are to define learning and to show how the learning process is studied (Chapters 1 and 2), to place learning theory in historical perspective (Chapter 3), and to present essential features of the major theories of learning with implications for educational practices (Chapters 4 through 16). The authors retained the best features of earlier editions while making revisions that reflect current research and scholarship, including coverage of active learning and the testing effect, information for problem solving in ravens, data illustrating the neurobiological basis of the cognitive map and spatial learning, new research on brain plasticity and its role in learning as well as the impact of poverty on brain and cognitive development, and new evidence that challenges the notion of learning styles.
Complete with chapter summaries, discussion questions, glossary, and online resources for instructors, this text is essential reading for theories of learning and applied cognitive psychology courses.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|53 pages
Introduction to Learning
part II|106 pages
Predominantly Functionalistic Theories
part III|99 pages
Predominantly Associationistic Theories
part IV|111 pages
Predominantly Cognitive Theories
part V|36 pages
A Predominantly Neurophysiological Theory
part VI|33 pages
An Evolutionary Theory
part VII|12 pages