Learning Theories

Paper:  Compare Two Learning Theories (50 points)

Instructions

GENERAL

You will research two learning theories of your choice and write a paper, in which you compare the two theories — based on five factors. These five key points are: how learning takes place, what influences learning, the role of the brain in learning, how the learner applies new knowledge, and how instruction is designed to guide learning (Schunk, 1991).

                SPECIFICS

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Briefly present the theories (no more than one and a half pages total).

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The paper is supported by at least three primary sources.  The text is not a primary resource. Primary resources are essentially scholarly sources that discuss the theory and or the theorist. They can be written by the theorist or other scholars. Sources like Wikipedia or personal blogs, etc. would not be considered as primary sources. Please consider publications that have gone through peer-review processes (e.g. journal articles, books, etc.)

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Identify ONE researcher (per theory), who is well-known for research in the theory. Give an approximate timeframe of when the works were published and how the theorist was able to substantiate the claims.

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Address the five key factors (approximately one full page per factor).

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Compare the theories side by side, within the paper.

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Stay organized and consistent. 

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Include a brief introduction and conclusion.  The brief conclusion can include your opinion and reflection.

SUGGESTIONS

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Include a subheading for each key factor in the paper.

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Under each subheading, address aspects of each theory which apply.

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Provide learning task examples (if it helps to make the point).

FORMAT

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Title page

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Body: Theories Description and Comparison by key factor (minimal 7 pages)

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References page

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Two sources minimum (at least one per theory)

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 The text may be used as a tool to spark research, but not as a reference.

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Use APA style and cite references.

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Paraphrase wherever possible to demonstrate synthesis of the theories and critical analysis of the information.

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Adhere to rules of grammar

SIMPLE RUBRIC (50 Points)

I.                   
LEARNING THEORIES (up to 10 points): Overview of the two theories

II.                 
SCHUNK’S FIVE KEY POINTS (up to 30 points): Compare the theories by key factor i.e. cover all 2 theories and all 5 key factors

III.               
RESOURCES AND MECHANICS (up to 10 points): Well researched and clearly written used two primary sources – not the text (up to 3 points); adhered to rules of grammar (up to 3.5 points); and adhered to APA format (up to 3.5 points).

I.                   
LEARNING THEORIES:  An overview of Two theories (up to 10 points)

 

Each theory is clearly explained by these elements: Who is the theorist(s)?  When was the theory developed?  By what processes do learners learn, as described by the theory? How does the evaluator determine learning occurs? (No more than one and a half pages for Section I)

 

Unacceptable

(0-1 points)

Attempted

(2-3 points)

Adequate

(4-5 points)

Average to Above Average

(6-8 points)

Exemplary

(9-10 points)

The section does not describe all required elements.

The paper has some or all required elements, but does not adequately describe them.

The paper has all required elements, but does not completely describe them.

The paper has presented all required elements with some analysis and synthesis of the theories/research.

The paper has presented all required elements with a critical analysis and synthesis of the theories/research.


II.            
SCHUNK’S FIVE KEY FACTORS
: Comparison of the theories by key factors (up to 30 points)

Factor One: how learning takes place

Compares 0-1 theories (0-2 points)

Compares theories poorly (3-4 points)

Compares theories well (5-6 points)

 

Factor Two : what influences learning

Compares 0-1 theories (0-2 points)

Compares theories poorly (3-4 points)

Compares theories well (5-6 points)

 

Factor Three : the role of the brain in learning

Compares 0-1 theories (0-2 points)

Compares theories poorly (3-4 points)

Compares theories well (5-6 points)

 

Factor Four: how the learner applies new knowledge

Compares 0-1 theories (0-2 points)

Compares theories poorly (3-4 points)

Compares theories well (5-6 points)

 

Factor  Five : how instruction is designed to guide learning

Compares 0-1 theories (0-2 points)

Compares theories poorly (3-4 points)

Compares theories well (5-6 points)

 

 

III.            RESOURCES: The paper is supported by at least two primary resources – i.e.  One per theory. The text book is not a primary source.

MECHANICS: Well researched and clearly written (up to 10 points)

 

RESOURCES: The paper is supported by at least two primary resources (no text)

Unacceptable (0 points)

Acceptable (1-2 points)

Exemplary (3 points)

Fewer than 2 primary resources. No evidence the sources were used in the paper.

Two  primary resources. Resources were used adequately.

Two  or more primary resources. Resources are integrated and utilized well.

 

GRAMMAR: The paper is written with clarity and attention to the rules of grammar

Unacceptable (0 points)

Acceptable (1-2 points)

Exemplary (3 – 3.5 points)

The paper is unclear.  Student did not adhere to the rules of grammar.

The paper is unclear in spots and or has “broken” several rules of grammar.

The paper is written with clarity and with attention to the rules of grammar.

 

APA: The paper is written in APA format.  The paper is submitted in Microsoft format.

Unacceptable (0 points)

Acceptable (1-2 points)

Exemplary (3 – 3.5 points)

Student did not adhere to APA format.

The paper has a few APA format errors.

Paper is written well with APA format.

 

 

 

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