Erin Magoon Week 2 5 Learning Theories Brainstorm EDU 506 1 2 3 Theory How familiar are you with this theory? Erik Erikson Stages of Psychosocial Development I am moderately familiar with this theory as it aligns with a lot of my own philosophies. How does this theory impact student learning? This theory has 8 stages of development that one progresses through during their lifetime. Within each stage there are various dilemmas that we must resolve in order to be a well adjusted adult. Maria Montessori I know this theory fairly This theory allows children - The Montessori well, again because there to develop independence, Method are a great deal of a sense of empathy and concepts that crossover social justice, and fosters to my own approach to a lifelong love of learning. teaching the young students I work with. Abraham Maslow I am somewhat familiar As students move up - Maslow’s with this theory from my through the five levels, Hierarchy of undergrad program, but they feel more Needs will need to refresh my comfortable, and memory. confident. 4 Jerome Bruner Discovery Learning I am not familiar with this theory at all, but it sounded like something I would appreciate and am looking forward to learning more. 5 Lev Vygotsky Social Development Theory I am vaguely familiar with this theory from my undergrad, but would like to refresh my memory and explore it further. This theory looks at learning through discovery. It states that even complex topics can be taught to young children if structured and presented in the right way. Social environment impacts how students think and what they think about. He utilizes the “Zone of Proximal Development” to ensure that students are challenged enough for the task at hand but are not being challenged too much to make it seem impossible.