Learning Theories in Teaching



I would like to discuss and evaluate a range of learning theories, linking these discussions of each theory to health and safety in the workplace and other such health and safety subjects that I teach to a range of learners.
I am going to be looking at behaviorism, and how the learners adapt to enthusiasm, and their environment, when learning about health and safety. Secondly, looking at cognitive learning, helping my learners to recall on what they already know about health and safety in their workplace, and linking it back to new information given, with exams and tests to influence the memory. Finally I’ll be linking my teaching to constructivism and how I get the students to build up on the health and safety knowledge they have learnt, and implementing that in their workplace, and using a range of assessment tools throughout the sessions taken.


The first learning theory I will look at is Behaviorism:


Behaviorism as a theory was primarily developed by B. F. Skinner. Skinner argues that the classic theories of freedom and dignity are outdated and no longer apply to the "modern scientific understanding of Man"(Skinner, 1971).   A most interesting theory that Skinner puts forth in the book is the idea that, based upon his earlier research into animal motivation and control, that humans are essentially animals that could be controlled by using his previously discovered and published observations about the domination of animals through motivation and deprivation, subject to the same laws of stimulus-response that he observed in his "rat boxes"
First, learning is manifested by a change in behavior. Students that want to learn OR need to be there at my class, because either they’re sent by their employer, or maybe a new section of health and safety legislation has come into place. Second, the environment shapes behavior. I try to make sure I am there for work early and the room is set...