Learning is a continuous process. I would say we start learning in our life journey starting right from the Womb ending at the Tomb. As babies we learn from our immediate environment and from our parents and as we grow the process of learning becomes more structured as we go to kindergarten, Primary School, Middle School, High School and College. However there are a lot of people who are self-learners and learn a lot from experiences of life. Learning is influenced by both the external stimuli and the innate desire within and it’s an inter mix between the two. Learning is also influenced by social interactions and Social connectedness. Now that brings into question what really inspires learning. This is not a question which I can claim exclusive rights to and this question has been around through the ages and many great thinkers have come up with a lot of theories to explain the process of learning. Is it really important to understand these theories of learning? I would say it does not hurt to understand. So let’s expand our horizons and explore the world of learning. There are a lot of theories out there but to keep it short and simple I will focus on the Fab Five Behaviorism, Constructivism, Cognitivism, Experientialism and Constructionism.
The basic idea of Behaviorism is that learning consists of a change in behavior due to the acquisition, reinforcement and application of associations between stimuli from the environment and observable responses of the individual. A response to a stimulus is reinforced when followed by a positive rewarding effect, and a response to a stimulus becomes stronger by exercise and repetition. Continue reading Behaviorism Constructivism Cognitivism Experientialism And Constructionism. Understanding The Learning Theory And Types Of Learning.