Theories of Education

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Theoriesof Education

Theoriesof Education

Throughlearning the theories of education, I have been able to gainessential knowledge on how students can learn in unique waysdepending on the learning theory they adopt. This is absorbing for mebecause I had always thought of learning as a simple act with onlyone style for all students. However, I now know that an individual`slearning styles influence the way they understand something.Reflecting back on my studies, I can see how this is also applicableto my case. I believe it is crucial for any student to have anunderstanding of the learning theories and see how it would help themin their learning process. This is to say that for one to understandthe significance of education, it is important that they understandlearning theories and the rationale behind each of them. Althoughmany people may argue that learning is simply done through culturallessons and social imitation, how we acquire sophisticated knowledgenecessitates the need for education learning theories.

Theknowledge of the theories of learning provides a framework forconducting studies on the topic of how learning takes place as wellas the processes that are involved in learning (Jonassen &amp Land,2012). This knowledge has been crucial in the development of the mainlearning theories. I have noticed that these theories areinterrelated, and each has an impact on the design of educationalprograms. Theories of learning have evolved throughout time, but onetheory that I find fascinating is the social constructivism theoryadvanced by a Russian psychologist by the name Lev Vygotsky (Fosnot,2013). This theory challenged the previous existing cognitivetheories by bringing a new aspect of the importance of socialinteractions and the sociocultural aspect in learning. This theoryposits that it is an individual that learns and that theirenvironment, situation, and culture of the community affect theirlearning (Muller, 2012).

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Fosnot,C. T. (2013). Constructivism:Theory, perspectives, and practice.Teachers College Press.

Jonassen,D., &amp Land, S. (Eds.). (2012). Theoreticalfoundations of learning environments.Routledge.

Muller,J. (2012). ReclaimingKnowledge: Social theory, curriculum, and education policy.Routledge.

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