Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning

Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning
In this assignment I will identify and discuss the significance of relevant theories and principles of learning and communication. I will then select and critically analyse the impact of two of these principles or theories on the planning and delivery of teaching in my own learning. Finally, I will reflect on the impact of these insights on my own practice and professional development.
There are many different theories and principles which have been developed to help us understand how effective learning, communication and curriculum design underpin and enable practioners to develop high quality inclusive practice. When researching this subject I asked the question, why is it important for me to have theoretical knowledge to underpin my teaching skills? In this assignment I will explain how learning theories address the issue of how and why students learn. For, finding the answer to these questions is the key to successful teaching
Theory 1
Whilst researching this assignment I learnt about teaching techniques that provide intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Reece and Walker (1994) have argued that
“A less able student who is highly motivated can achieve greater success than the more intelligent student who is not motivated”
This has made me reflect on the factors affecting how my students learn. Many students have barriers to learning, resulting in lack of motivation. This is demonstrated by the following signs; Poor attendance, lateness, learners not participating in lessons and disruptive behaviour. Motivation is a key factor in successful learning, one of the main challenges that many teachers face today is to make their students want to learn. To maximise motivation it is necessary to consider the concepts related to motivation.
Abraham Maslow, in 1943 published a paper presenting his hierarchy of Basic Human Needs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (often represented as a pyramid with five levels of...