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Learning theories, A to Z
Leonard, David C.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Oryx Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 249 pages ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
1590 Lexile.
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LB15 .L4695 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Swift changes in educational technology are transforming the landscape of our society and how we transfer knowledge in a digital world. Teachers, administrators, and education students need to stay abreast of these developments. Yet while the new educational software, technologies, and networks may be available, the learning theories and methods required to take complete advantage of the tools are often neglected.

Learning theories are a crucial element of education studies for anyone involved with students from pre-school to higher education and business training. This book is a substantive dictionary of over 500 terms relating to learning theories and environments. Definitions range from approximately 100 to 700 words, and each term is identified by the primary type of learning theory to which it applies: cognitivism, constructivism, behaviorism, humanism, or organizational learning. An annotated bibliography provides further resources to the most important writings about learning theories.

Author Notes

David C. Leonard was Assistant Dean at Mercer University, School of Engineering, Atlanta

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Educators who see this book may well ask, "Where was this when I was in school?" Leonard (Multimedia Technology from A to Z, 1995; Multimedia and the Web from A to Z, 1998, both with Patrick Dillon) defines more than 500 terms and identifies the major area of learning theory under which each term falls: behavorism, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism, organizational learning, or educational technology. Topics, alphabetized by subject, include "andragogy," "cognition," "distance learning," "on-the-job training," "theory x," "theory y" and "theory z." Entries are written in straightforward, easily understood language and vary in length from one paragraph to a page and a half. Further reading and understanding is encouraged by the chapter outlining subtopics within each of the six major areas of learning theory. The book includes a good index, an alphabetical list of terms defined, and an annotated bibliography of works, 1863-2001. Another reference work of high quality from Oryx, this would be a useful addition to any education or psychology reference collection. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and higher. N. Mactague Aurora University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. vii
Alphabetical List of Terms Definedp. ix
Learning Theories: A to Zp. 1
Appendix Paths through the A-to-Z Contentp. 207
Selected Books and Scholarly Articles Annotatedp. 213
Indexp. 241