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Learning Theories Simplified

Learning Theories Simplified
...and how to apply them to teaching

Second Edition

January 2019 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you struggling to get your head around John Dewey’s educational pragmatism? What exactly is Jean Piaget saying about cognitive development? Maybe you’re running out of time and patience making sense of Carol Dweck’s mindsets? Have you reached breaking point reading Daniel T. Willingham on educational neuroscience? 

Written for busy teachers, trainers, managers and students, this 'dip-in, dip-out' guide makes theories of learning accessible and practical. It explores 130 classic and contemporary learning theorists in an easy-to-use, bite-sized format with clear relevant illustrations on how each theory will benefit teaching and learning.

Each model or theory is explained in less than 350 words, followed by a 'how to use it' section. 

What's new to this edition:

  • A new early childhood theorists section
  • A new communication theories section
  • Additional ‘on trend’ theorists throughout
  • New ‘critical view’ features added to each entry.
Part 1: Classical Learning Theories
Section 1.1: Educational Philosophy
Section 1.2: Behaviourism
Section 1.3: Cognitivism
Section 1.4: Humanism
Section 1.5: Neurolism
Part 2: Contemporary Thinking on Teaching and Learning
Section 2.1: Professionalism
Section 2.2: Learning Styles
Section 2.3: Motivation
Section 2.4: Behaviour Management
Section 2.5: Coaching and Mentoring
Section 2.6: Teamworking
Part 3: An Introduction to Early Childhood and Developmental Strategies
Section 3.1: Children and Society
Section 3.2: Emotional Growth
Section 3.3: Classroom Strategies
Section 3.4: Working with Children with Additional Needs
Section 3.5: Different School Approaches
Part 4: Planning, Delivering and Assessing Learning
Section 4.1: Curriculum Planning
Section 4.2: Lesson Planning
Section 4.3: Delivering Learning
Section 4.4: Assessment and Feedback
Section 4.5: Evaluating Teaching and Learning

Bob’s extensive knowledge of putting educational theory into practice shines through in this book. He gives clear explanations of each theory, often relating them to his own teaching experiences. He uses realistic examples to help the reader engage with the theory, with useful tips to put each into practice. I recommend this book to practitioners in the further education sector as well as in schools.

Ann Gravells

Ann Gravells

very clear and informative

Mrs amanda Jane garside
Education, Newcastle-under-Lyme College
April 30, 2020

A really clear understanding of key theorists for students starting a degree

Mrs Suzanne Caroline Barham
Education Department, Boston College
February 6, 2020

Although good clear academic information as yet the book does not meet the course criteria.

Mrs Ellen Louise Lumgair
Business and Management, North Lindsey College
January 19, 2020

A good book which breaks down theory into more understandable wording

Mrs charlie Grieve
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
October 4, 2019

A great book for developing your knowledge of the different learning theories - great to be able to access the summary views of important academics - very useful.

Mrs Sophie Wilson
School of Education, Theology & Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
September 15, 2019

I use this book for teaching teachers in the first year of their two year programme. They are required to explore a range of resources focusing on the theory of learning and the title does exactly what it says it is going to do - provide a simplified approach to the theories of learning. My students use this as a starting point and as many of my trainees have come from vocational occupations where they have never had to write assignments at this level, they need something that is explained clearly and allows them to digest the information. This then helps them to move on to more in-depth sources and thus, develop their knowledge further.

Mrs Jacquie Hodges
Education, Walsall College
July 1, 2019

An excellent text for undergraduate students. Accessible, informative and comprehensive.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Education, Worcester University
June 26, 2019

This is a useful starting point for anyone interested in exploring key learning theories and how they are applied in education today.

Mrs Sarah Ankers
Faculty of Edu & Children's Services, Chester University
June 19, 2019

A really good all rounder, great for students to find accessible info on a wide range of theories

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute of Education, Worcester University
June 8, 2019

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Section 1.1 Educational Philosophy