On Learning Theories

After reading the modules on Learning Theories, I became familiar with behavioral and cognitive approaches on educational psychology, the role of maturation on learning and the “guided opportunity” vs. traditional approach to teaching. This learnings opened my mind on why at some points of my student’s life, I experienced difficulty, and sometimes boredom, on subjects where my teachers do not provide conducive environment for learning. And why some teachers left a mark on my life by providing us experiential learning. Since I’m aspiring to be a classroom teacher someday, I shall take note of these differences in teaching approaches so that I can optimize learning of my students and then leave a positive mark on their lives.
To answer the question on the “fairer definition” of learning and academic achievements, I believe that academic achievements mean good grades, medals, awards or distinctions. Though academic achievements are a good measure for successful learning, those who were not so fortunate to be called academic achievers may well be called successful learners if they can apply and relate prior knowledge and experiences to new concepts, and if they have developed their attitudes and skills for the better. Then learning has taken place.
The discussions on maturation’s role on learning helped me to understand the different learning capacities of my students, and why some, though they have the potential to learn, cannot cope with the concepts presented to them at one stage of their education. With this knowledge, I shall exert more patience in understanding the individual needs of my students. I shall also make sure that basic concepts or ideas are mastered before proceeding with the next lesson, and will always relate new concepts to their past knowledge so that students will best comprehend and accept new learnings, and also validate past knowledge.
This module also focused on empowering the students to do critical thinking and exploring on their own. Although I have previous knowledge of this, I sometimes question if this is the right approach to every student. Since majority of the students prefer spoon feeding, and are reluctant to try on their own, it is always easier to just give them knowledge, and everyone is happy. But my thoughts on this changed after reading Huitt’s articles on learning theories. Though providing “guided opportunities” may seem a rigorous approach to learning, it will in the long run contribute to the self-development of students.  I shall slowly but definitely shift my teaching method to this kind of approach especially to spoon-fed students.
The topic on the types of educational research- descriptive, correlational and experimental- as well as the scientific ways of collecting data are significant tools which I hope to use in addressing teaching-learning issues in the future.
Right now, I can think of possibly researching the relationship of why students dislike self-studying and their past learning experiences.
To conclude, in just barely two weeks of studying pthis course, I have acquired a great deal of information which would be very useful in my future teaching endeavours. I have not anticipated this, and is completely amazed, sometimes overwhelmed, by the magnitude of learnings I have gained. I may have known the concepts of what I’m teaching but had I not learned these teaching approaches, I will not be an effective educator as I wish to be.

3 thoughts on “On Learning Theories

  1. Great post Classmate! 😀

    First, I agree that within a short period of time, we already gained much from this program. Overwhelming at the first glance but it seems more interesting as we go along. I also envision of becoming a good teacher in the near time. Working on that, I know we need to embrace the passion of this noble profession.

    Truly, different students, different approaches and learning styles. It may be impossible to employ a specified learning approach to 100% of the students, but still we can maximize their learning opportunities through various ways. The thing is to “adapt” to their manner of learning for our ultimate goal is for them to “learn.”

    I also appreciate your concepts of academic achievers and successful learners. It’s really fair. I remember what I used to say to my class in the review for licensure, that it’s not a guarantee that those “cum laudes” or better have HIGHER chance of passing the board exam compared to those who simply graduated from the course. For as long as you believe you learned during your student life, then you will have a fair chance of getting a high mark in whatever exam you have to take. Medals and grades may measure your academic success, but it’s ONLY YOU who can actually assess where you are in the ladder of success.

    Enjoyed reading your post! Cheers! 😀

    1. Thanks Rhed. I enjoyed reading your posts too. Teacher Malou was right. We do not only learn thru the modules. There’s a lot more to learn thru our interactions, asynchronous it may be, for we incorporate in here our own experiences, our real life learning stories. It either validates or corrects our understanding of the modules, and gives us insights on how to go about when we eventually become teachers someday. Thanks for the heartwarming comment again.

      P.s.Sorry for the late reply. I haven’t been visiting my journal lately.

      1. No worries Classmate!

        Truly, exchanging ideas and points with others is a bit enlightening. It provides us deeper level of understanding beyond the corners of our own thinking. I know there are more to come.

        Keep going! 😀

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