Cognitive Learning Theory
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The paper discusses the question of how learning occurs and looks at how cognitive learning theory sees learning as the result of specific brain functions. The paper points out that there is not actually one distinct cognitive theory of learning with defined parameters and a set pattern of functions and processes that make up the human memory and learning process, but cognitivism is a framework for the development of different specific theories of learning. The paper also explains how all cognitive theories can essentially be reduced down to a flow chart, albeit a chart of some complexity in most cases. The paper concludes that cognitive theories have grown enormously in their popularity in the second half of the twentieth century, although other competing theories also exist.
From the Paper:"Cognitive learning theory is one of the major learning theories currently adhered to by many in the psychological community. Essentially, cognitivism views learning as a process wholly and fundamentally dependent on human memory and other operations of the brain that develop in both conscious and unconscious patterns according to a set of procedures and specific steps (Mowrer & Klein 2001). This delves deeper than behaviorism, which sees learning as occurring through the observation, experience, and repetition of physical actions and other behaviors, and is distinct from other learning theories as well (Mowrer & Klein 2001).
"There is not actually one distinct cognitive theory of learning with defined parameters and a set pattern of functions and processes that make up the human memory and learning process, but rather cognitivism is itself a framework for the development of different specific theories of learning (LTK 2010; Grow 1996). Essentially, cognitive learning theories view the human mind as very similar to a computer, with the primary purpose of storing and manipulating information in order to better retrieve and apply it in the future (LTK 2010). It is in defining and describing the processes of this "computer" themselves that the different theories that exist under the larger umbrella of "cognitive theory" find their variation, with different processes and hierarchies within the brain being proposed by different theorists, but all still see learning as the result of concrete processes, even if these processes remain largely unknown or uncertain (Mowrers & Klein 2001; Grow 1996)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Grow, G. (1996). "A cognitive model of learning." Accessed 7 August 2010. http://www.longleaf.net/ggrow/StrategicReader/StratModel.html
- LTK. (2010). "Cognitivism." Learning theories knowledge. Accessed 7 August 2010. http://www.learning-theories.com/category/cognitive-theories
- Mowrer, R. & Klein, S. (2001). Handbook of contemporary learning theories. New York: Erlbaum.
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