Credit Units: 2
Lecturers: Mrs. Deborah, F. (MA, B Ed. English Language), Email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org, College of Education & Social Sciences, Department of English Language.
This course aims to give you an understanding of the concept of learning, what is meant by human learning, theories of learning and their implications for human learning. Schedule of reinforcement and their implications for behaviour management, some factors affecting learning, and how interest in learning can be sustained are also targets of this course.
Learning Outcomes/ Objectives
At the end of the course, the student will be able to;
- Define the concept of learning
- Explain what is meant by human learning
- Discuss the five stages of learning process
- Explain Thorndike’s theory of learning
- Describe Skinner’s Operant conditioning theory of learning
- Discuss Pavlov’s Classical conditioning theory of learning
- Explain Gestalt theory of learning
- Discuss the implications of theories of learning for human learning
- Specify basic ratio of reinforcement
- Explain factors affecting learning
- Discuss how teachers can assist students in training their memory
- Enumerate classroom implications of transfer of learning
- Learning Conceptual Clarification
- Learning Process
- Factors Affecting Learning
- Classical Conditioning – Ivan Pavlov
- Thorndike’s Theory of Connectionism
- Skinner’s Operant conditioning
- Applications of Operant conditioning
- Some factors affecting learning
- Additional theories of learning
- Additional Theories of Motivation
- Critique of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
- Observational learning
- Transfer of Learning
- Remembering and Forgetting
Methods of Instruction:
- Discussion groups
- Projects (e.g. teaching practice, seminar presentation)
- Reading of articles from relevant educational journals
Methods of Course Assessment:
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:
Individual Works/Tasks 10
Class Tests 10
Class Assignments 10
Final Examination 70
Recommended Reference Materials:
- Alhassan, A.B. (2000) Understanding Educational Psychology Zaria, Nigeria: Tamaza Publishing Company.
- American Psychological Association (1984) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. American Psychologist.
- American Psychological Association (1984) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct American Psychologist.
- Cunningham, C. (1985) Training and education approaches for parents and children with special needs. British Journal of Medical Psychology 58 (3), 285 – 305.
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