Learning and Assessment Basics

Learning and Cognition Critique
Marsha Jameson
EDU 501: Learning Theories
Dr. Oliver Boone
February 17, 2013

Describe the modified behaviorist approach you created in your last paper to achieve the desired outcome.
My learning outcome is to teach children to Salsa.   In my previous critique, I described how I would approach this task from the perspective of a radical behaviorist and from the perspective of a proponent of cognitive information processing theory; from the perspective of a proponent of meaningful learning and schema theory; and from the perspective of a proponent of situated cognition theory as opposed to a radical behaviorist perspective.   At the end of the critique, I created an approach that included tenets of cognitive theories mentioned earlier which I named the mixed cognition theory.
In order to create the mixed cognition theory to achieve my desired learning outcome of teaching Salsa to children, I had to take into consideration the learning styles of each child in my class.   My overall goal was and still is to have each child in my class master the basic steps of Salsa.   In previous discussion, my belief was that goal could not be accomplished using the same instruction for all the students.   As an instructor, I would have to observe each student at the first class to see how each one learned. For children who were more visual and auditory, I would have to teach them using the approach of cognition information processing theory.   Children would be able to use visual and auditory cues to help them retrieve and recall steps that were taught.   For children who were more kinesthetic, I would use the approach of meaningful learning and schema theory as well as situated cognition theory. The belief was that children would learn better through experience and doing the steps.   For students who were more sociological learners, I would have to use the approach of situated cognition.   According to Piaget’s and his successors, my mixed...