Learning Theory

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I. Presuppositions/truth claims: Human beings are created creatures with predetermined human (distinct and separate from animal) potential and an in born slavery to imperfection/sin. Learners may have experienced God’s redemption and therefore may opt to perform in a way which will show itself at times and/or the residual benefit of being made in God’s image may at times prevail, such as a humanitarian’s actions or a child doing “good”. God positions man in his fallen and therefore sinful state as neither essentially good nor even simply neutral, so the innate/native moral nature of humans is bad. Human beings are psychologically interactive. Because humans are created in the image of God; we are born with the innate psychological and physiological capacities to learn, to know, to understand and to act. God has also provided something to know - Himself and His creation – which defines reality as including that which extends beyond what we perceive with our senses and beyond what we can comprehend with the human’s finite mind. Information comes from environmental factors but the human intellect functions in such a way that learners can create additional knowledge from among the facts they have in their minds. Please note that the Holy Spirit may also at times open a person’s understanding beyond even a reasonable Gestault-style connection of incoming knowledge and his/her existing knowledge base (this process may be mistaken as an intuitive leap). II. Principles of Learning: In my somewhat deterministic Constructivist (Cognitive Interactionist) Theory much more is determined by nature than nurture. All human brain information processing relies partially on cognitive developmental factors and predetermined ability limi... ... middle of paper ... ...may require student to explain and develop rules/principles/generalizations of the information including identifying exceptions. Works Cited Fennema, J. (n.d.). Constructivism: A Critique from a Biblical World View. 23-36. Gillespie, E. (2008, May 30). Cognitive Information Processing Theory. (PBWorks) Retrieved March 04, 2012, from cognitiveapproaches: http://cognitiveapproaches.pbworks.com/w/page/10506171/Cognitive%20Information%20Processing%20Theory MacCullough, M. (n.d.). An Interactive "Constructive" Approach to Learning: Salvaging the Potentials and Harnessing the Best in a Learning Theory. Proulx, J. (n.d.). Constructivism: A re-equilibration and clarification of the concepts, and some potential implications for teaching and pedagoy. Radical Pedagogy. Shermis, M. L. (1999). Learing Theories for Teachers. New York, etc.: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

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