Learning Theory Application
Assessment Context: This assignment is used in the second course the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership. The assessment measures the understanding, use, and development of learning theories in application to practice. The minimum passing score for this critical assessment is 105.5 points.
Note: This course includes this assignment as a critical assessment documenting your learning on the national standards listed below. Please see the course syllabus or further information on the critical assessment policy. It is important to review the materials below and the critical assessment rubric before you begin this assignment.
You will write a scholarly paper based on best instructional practices. Frame your paper focused on a specific context (e.g., high school biology) so you can generate ideas for application as you write your paper. For example: If you are a kindergarten teacher you will write from that perspective and your examples will be based on best practices for that age group.
Within this paper you will address the following areas (please remember to stay focused on your chosen context):
- Describe your context (e.g., grade/subject taught, description of student population)
- How learning occurs
- Explain how learning occurs in the context you described
- Include a concise description that addresses the relevance of the learning theories discussed in this course to your beliefs about effective learning for your context. Based on the tenants of their theories, identify those theorists that best align with your beliefs about learning and explain the alignment(s).
- Best practices for achieving the learning process in the context you described.
- Teaching and learning strategies
- Cognitive science
- Include other ideas as relevant
- Individual needs of students and families.
- Identify and illustrate three examples from your practice where student and family backgrounds have enhanced or challenged your beliefs about how learning occurs.
Throughout your paper, please use examples from your teaching context as well as citations from your course readings and research. You must include at least three scholarly sources cited in-text and included as part of a reference list according to APA formatting guidelines (use direct quotes sparingly in order to prevent plagiarism).
This course includes this assignment as a critical assessment documenting your learning on the national standards described below. For information on the critical assessment policy, please review the course syllabus. Be sure to review the rubric for the assignment.
Standard #1: Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
- 1d: The teacher understands how learning occursâ€”how learners construct knowledge, acquire skills, and develop disciplined thinking processesâ€”and knows how to use instructional strategies that promote student learning.
- 1e: The teacher understands that each learnerâ€™s cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development influences learning and knows how to make instructional decisions that build on learnersâ€™ strengths and needs.
Standard #2: Learning Differences: The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure the inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
- 2j: The teacher understands that learners bring assets for learning based on their individual experiences, abilities, talents, prior learning, and peer and social group interactions, as well as language, culture, family, and community values.
Standard #3: Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
- 3n: The teacher is committed to working with learners, colleagues, families, and communities to establish positive and supportive learning environments.
Standard #8: Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
- 8j: The teacher understands the cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning (e.g., critical and creative thinking, problem framing and problem solving, invention, memorization and recall) and how these processes can be stimulated.
Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.