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Learning Theories for Everyday Teaching

Learning Theories for Everyday Teaching

October 2019 | 160 pages | Learning Matters

An essential tool for new teachers and trainees who want to use learning theories to develop their practice. The text explores key learning theories in a pragmatic way and encourages focused reflection to promote critical analysis of theories and their potential application to specific contexts. The authors highlight the practical benefits of using theory in planning, teaching and reflecting on practice. The text also encourages the use of a range of creative approaches to enhance learning.

Each chapter explores a key aspect of the teacher's role (such as planning, motivation or assessment) and outlines theories relating to this theme - fully embedding the use of learning theories in practical every day teaching. It includes activities for reflection and a section encouraging readers to 'map' the theory to their own practice. Scenarios and case studies throughout illustrate learning and support readers link theory to practice.

1. What is the point in theory?
2. The classroom environment
3. Planning for learning
4. Motivating learners
5. Developing learners' thinking
6. Learning with others
7. Co-constructing learning
8. Mixing it up
9. Innovative teaching
10. Resilience

A detailed, get concise publication of key information for students on the module. Useful tasks and thinking points throughout.

Dr Rhiannon Lord
School of Social & Health Sciences, Abertay University
July 6, 2023

This book is a great way to explore the lexicon of learning theories that challenge the thinking of new and developing educators. Thompson and Spencely expertly navigate the turbulent waters of learning theory to give the reader tangible steps to support practical and professional development.

Mr Geoff Martin Hughes
Academic Learning Consultant, De Montfort University
August 22, 2021

I had previously received as an online copy, however, limited access and required a 'permanent' copy. Recommending to students on the Foundation Degree year 1 to build their knowledge of applying theory to practice.
Students able to review their own practice drawing from the examples / case studies in the publication.

Miss Tracey Canham
Early Years, Swindon College
February 15, 2021

I received this publication as an e-copy and have recommended to the Fd students. This was a very good resource for teaching assistants to apply theory to practical situations, drawing from the case studies and reflecting in their own work roles.

Miss Tracey Canham
Early Years, Swindon College
November 23, 2020

I love the simplicity of this text book, starting from the introduction. The case studies throughout bring it to life and take the reader on a journey into theory.
The references at the end of each chapter really help with students research of additional information.
Fantastic thankyou Thompson and Spenceley.

Ms lisa oneill
Education, City College Norwich
December 18, 2020

This book has enhanced the differentiated learning delivered throughout the course. It has allowed designers and deliverers alike to create more effective learning

Mr Robert Lindley
Communications, HM FORCES
July 5, 2020

A useful text linking key theories to practice in education.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
March 27, 2020

A great, very student friendly book which is easy to pick up and dip into.

Mrs Elaine Battams
Centre for Teaching and Learning, Barnfield College, Luton
June 4, 2020

useful breakdown of theories in an easy to access format

Mrs Ghazala Begum
Education, Norland College
October 7, 2020

an influential book, where the authors encourage reflection. By having this book available as a resource staff can use this as a personal development tool, which guides students learning behaviour.

Mr Michael Donaldson
Social Science, Glasgow Kelvin College
December 19, 2019

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