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Learning Theories Simplified

Learning Theories Simplified
...and how to apply them to teaching

Third Edition

August 2023 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you struggling to get your head around John Dewey’s educational pragmatism? What exactly is Jean Piaget saying about cognitive development? Maybe you’re running out of time and patience making sense of Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction? Have you reached breaking point reading Daniel T. Willingham on educational neuroscience?

Written for busy teachers, students, trainers, managers and , this 'dip-in, dip-out' guide makes theories of learning accessible and practical. It explores 134 classic and contemporary learning theorists in an easy-to-use, bite-sized format with clear relevant illustrations on how each theory will benefit teaching and learning.

Each model or theory is explained in less than 350 words, followed by a 'how to use it' section.

New to this third edition:

  • New section on cognitive learning theory, including Arthur Shimamura, Alison Gopnik, John Flavell and more
  • Enhanced critical perspectives offering a deeper examination of each theory's strengths and weaknesses 
  • A new entry on Gloria Ladson-Billings and Critical Race Theory in education


    Section 1.1: Educational Philosophy
    Section 1.2: Behaviourism
    Section 1.3: Cognitivism
    Section 1.4: Humanism
    Section 1.5: Educational Neuroscience
    Section 2.1: Professionalism
    Section 2.2: Cognitive Learning Theory
    Section 2.3: Motivation
    Section 2.4: Behaviour Management
    Section 2.5: Coaching and Mentoring
    Section 2.6: Teamworking
    Section 3.1: Children and Society
    Section 3.2: Emotional Growth
    Section 3.3: Classroom Strategies
    Section 3.4: Working with Children with Additional Needs
    Section 3.5: Different School Approaches
    Section 4.1: Curriculum Planning
    Section 4.2: Lesson Planning
    Section 4.3: Delivering Learning
    Section 4.4: Assessment and Feedback
    Section 4.5: Evaluating Teaching and Learning
    A final word on TEACHING

    Really great book, very useful for my own studies for Level 5 Teaching diploma. But also great for our T-Level Early Years and Education course!

    Miss Emily Currie
    Education, Sparsholt College Hampshire
    June 17, 2024

    This book will greatly support new teachers and those who are undertaking teacher training.

    Professor James Baxter
    business, Cambridge Regional College
    May 22, 2024

    I used the previous edition. This books offers a great overview of a large number of theories/theorists in clear categories in an easy to digest way for level 5 students.

    Mrs Annamaria Berger-Jones Bergen-Jones
    Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University
    February 28, 2024

    I have just received my copy and want to read it carefully. Will definitely be using to reference theories in my lectures to start with - likely to adopt next year but module starts in Sept 2023 this year

    Mrs Dominique Simpson
    Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
    September 8, 2023

    An excellent resource. Some of the commentary takes a rather personal view, but this is a great contribution to the library for students to engage with.

    Mr Tim Palmer
    Music Education, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
    July 28, 2023

    A super approachable application of learning theories in practice.

    Mrs Alison Dawn Milner
    Faculty of Education, Plymouth Marjon University
    August 23, 2023

    There is a reason why this is a best selling book - it has everything! When you need to achieve a solid grounding in learning theory, this is the place to go. So often we (academics) are recommending books which focus too narrowly initially- this book enables you to appreciate the wider picture and then you can discover more from other sources as needed.

    Mrs Sarah Barton
    School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC), Portsmouth University
    August 15, 2023

    This book is excellent for beginning to understand a range of theories which you can research further. Teacher trainee's find it very useful to help them with their studies.

    Mrs Jayne Double
    ECLIPS, Suffolk New College
    October 10, 2023

    For PGCE (PCET) students who have not completed an education studies programme prior to their course, this book has been invaluable to them.
    The theories are clearly outlined and discussed and help to 'springboard' their learning to other research and additional sources of information.
    Essential book for the last three years and will continue to be so.

    Mr Julian Ayres
    School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
    August 21, 2023

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