This paper offers a number of materials and resources which may be used as teaching aids for introduction-level courses in learning theories, especially those in higher education. The materials were developed during our participation in a postgraduate diploma module on the psychology of learning and learning theories in 2004, as part of the diploma in third-level learning and teaching at the DIT Learning and Teaching Centre.

The materials include:

  • three timeline diagrams illustrating the development of learning theories which locate key thinkers and key ideas in their historic and socio-political contexts
  • three summary diagrams of behaviourist, humanist and social learning theories using a honey-comb image
  • power-point slides summarising the five orientations of learning: behaviourist, humanist, cognitivist, social learning and constructivist
  • an introductory text to support the visuals.



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