Secondary learning
Secondary learning

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2 Theories of learning

If the focus of education is not on knowledge content but on the child as a learner and their active engagement with knowledge, then learning theories provide a way to think about how the child might learn. Having knowledge of different learning theories will enable you to analyse and reflect on what is happening in the classroom.

Reflection point

Think about your own learning:

  • When do you find learning easy?
  • When do you find learning difficult?
  • What strategies do you use to help you learn?

It is beyond the scope of this course to go into detail about all learning theories, so what follows is an introduction to some key theories relevant to teachers.

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