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Understanding and Using Educational Theories


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Chapter 1: John Dewey: A democratic notion of learning Chapter 2: Maria Montessori: Liberating the child Chapter 3: Jean Piaget: Understanding the mind of the child Chapter 4: Lev Vygotsky: An early social constructivist viewpoint Chapter 5: B.F. Skinner: The father of operant conditioning Chapter 6: Benjamin Bloom: Learning through taxonomies Chapter 7: Malcolm S. Knowles: Contextualising adult learning Chapter 8: Jerome Bruner: An evolution of learning theories Chapter 9: Albert Bandura: Learning through observation Chapter 10: Urie Bronfenbrenner: The ecology of human development Chapter 11: Paulo Freire: Oppression, freedom and critical approaches to education Chapter 12: Donald Schoen: Reflection and learning Chapter 13: David Kolb: Experiential Learning Theory Chapter 14: Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger: Socially situated learning and communities of practice Chapter 15: Guy Claxton: Learning power Chapter 16: Dylan Wiliam: Assessment for learning Chapter 17: Carol Dweck: Mindsets and motivation

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Karl Aubrey is a Visiting Tutor on the Professional Studies in Education programmes at Bishop Grosseteste University. Prior to this Karl was the Programme Leader for a range of initial teacher education and professional development programmes at a large city further education college. Between 2003 and 2005 he was seconded to the DfES Standards Unit as a learning and teaching practitioner in the East Midlands. Karl has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Education. His doctoral thesis explored the reforms in further education teacher education from 2000 to 2010, from the viewpoint of teacher educators. Karl's research interests include inclusion, education policy, pedagogy and work-based learning. Alison Riley is the Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree at Bishop Grosseteste University, she has also worked on a number of educational-related programmes at the university including initial teaching training courses. Prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University Alison spent sixteen years working in primary education, as a classroom teacher, deputy head teacher and finally head teacher of a large junior school. Alison has been involved in a number of collaborative projects and has recently been involved in an EU-funded project researching 'Creativity in Early Science and Mathematics Education'. Alison has recently commenced doctoral studies in which she is researching the journey of students entering higher education with alternative qualifications.


Accessible and thorough overview of the key theorists important to all learning about education at this time. Important and game-changing educational thinkers such as Carol Dweck are critically explored, and their ideas illustrated with classroom applications. The link with other theorists is a gift to the reader - connections made that contextualise the educational thinkers.
-- Ellie Hill

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