Theories of Human Learning What the Old Man Said

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/30/1999
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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The old man isn't just anyone. In fact, professors familiar with previous editions of this book may conclude that he is related to those extraterrestrials Kongor and Kro, who so successfully guided students through the maze of historic and current theories that help us understand how humans learn. And, wise as he is, the old man does the job even more effectively than his predecessors in this Fourth Edition of THEORIES OF HUMAN LEARNING: WHAT THE OLD MAN SAID. Both a serious academic text and a delightful story, this book offers a clear, readable look at a full range of learning theories?from behavioristic to cognitive?examining memory and motivation, and concluding with a comprehensive synthesis. Its most apparent strength is its easily accessible style, but its greatest value lies in the clarity of its concepts.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The First Words: Science and Theory 1(26)
1 Human Learning: Science and Theory
Part 2 Mostly Behavioristic Theories 27(128)
2 Pavlov, Watson, and Guthrie: EarlyBehaviorism
3 Thorndike and Hull: The Effects of Behavior
4 Skinner's Radical Behaviorism: Operant Conditioning
5 Learning and Biology: Evolutionary Psychology
Part 3 The Beginnings of Modern Cognitivism 155(35)
6 Hebb, Tolman, and the Gestaltists: Toward Modern Cognitivism
Part 4 Mostly Cognitive Theories 190(120)
7 Bruner and Piaget: Two Cognitive Theories
8 Neural Networks: The New Connectionism
9 Learning and Remembering: Models of Memory
10 Motives: Behavior's Reasons and Causes
Part 5 The Last Words: Summary 310(29)
11 Analysis, Synthesis, and Integration
Epilogue 339(2)
Glossary 341(14)
References 355(14)
Name Index 369(6)
Subject Index 375(10)
Photo Credits 385

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