Approaches to learning

Nowadays we know much more about learning and the ways people learn than ever before.

Studies of the human mind, and ways in which evidence from many different branches of science, are providing important implications for education. Just think about the effects of the following field of research on teaching and learning: cognitive and developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, neuroscience and ICT.

The main change over the last decades within education has been the shift from teaching to learning. These days teachers need to be aware of how people learn in order to develop and accommodate their teaching methods and learning activities accordingly. The way teachers themselves view and understand learning will have a direct affect to one’s practical activities in the classroom.

This learning material aims to encourage you to start thinking about learning in general and to provide you with some building blocks to create your own pedagogically well-grounded theory of practice. It offers you a brief introduction to different approaches to learning