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10th Edition

An Introduction to Theories of Learning

ISBN 9780367857912
Published February 20, 2020 by Routledge
562 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since its first edition, An Introduction to Theories of Learning has provided a uniquely sweeping review of the major learning theories from the 20th century that profoundly influenced the field of psychology. In this tenth edition, the authors present further experimental evidence that tests many of the fundamental ideas presented in these classic theories, as well as explore many of the advances in psychological science and neuroscience that have yielded greater insight into the processes that underlie learning in human beings and animals.

The four main goals of this text are to define learning and to show how the learning process is studied (Chapters 1 and 2), to place learning theory in historical perspective (Chapter 3), and to present essential features of the major theories of learning with implications for educational practices (Chapters 4 through 16). The authors retained the best features of earlier editions while making revisions that reflect current research and scholarship, including coverage of active learning and the testing effect, information for problem solving in ravens, data illustrating the neurobiological basis of the cognitive map and spatial learning, new research on brain plasticity and its role in learning as well as the impact of poverty on brain and cognitive development, and new evidence that challenges the notion of learning styles.

Complete with chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a glossary, this text is essential reading for theories of learning and applied cognitive psychology courses.

See "Support Material" below for new online resources. Instructor resources include PowerPoint slides and a testbank containing over 500 questions (in both Microsoft Word and GIFT file formats). Student resources include chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a glossary of key terms.

Table of Contents

PART I Introduction to Learning

Chapter 1: What Is Learning?

Chapter 2: Approaches to the Study of Learning

Chapter 3: Early Notions about Learning

Chapter 4: Edward Lee Thorndike

PART II Predominantly Functionalistic Theories

Chapter 5: Burrhus Frederic Skinner

Chapter 6: Clark Leonard Hull

PART III Predominantly Associationistic Theories

Chapter 7: Ivan Petrovich Pavlov

Chapter 8: Edwin Ray Guthrie

Chapter 9: William Kaye Estes

PART IV Predominantly Cognitive Theories

Chapter 10: Gestalt Theory

Chapter 11: Jean Piaget

Chapter 12: Edward Chace Tolman

Chapter 13: Albert Bandura

PART V A Predominantly Neurophysiological Theory

Chapter 14: Donald Olding Hebb

Chapter 15: Robert C. Bolles and Evolutionary Psychology

Chapter 16: A Final Word

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Matthew H. Olson was Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Hamline University.

Julio J. Ramirez is the R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program at Davidson College.


"An essential resource for all those who seek to understand more about the nature of learning, An Introduction to Theories of Learning provides the reader with a wealth of information about this vital characteristic of nervous systems: to change based on experience. Examining the contributions of such historic figures as Darwin, Thorndike, Piaget, Hebb and many others, no other text achieves what this text does: inform the student of behavior through the stories of those who have come before, and those working now in this field. Clearly written and well-structured with chapter outlines, summaries and thought questions, this is a natural text for adoption in psychology and education curricula." - Eric P Wiertelak, Macalester College, USA