Educational learning theory

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A broad orientation to the principles and mechanisms underlying three major views of learning, namely, the behavioral perspective, the cognitive perspective, and the sociocultural perspective are presented. The focuses are on how these perspectives differ in their grounding assumptions and beliefs on how learning occurs and what constitutes the results or products of learning, as well as their impacts on research, practices, and educational policies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
EditorsJames D. Wright
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


  • Behaviorism
  • Bioecological system
  • Cognitivism
  • Constructivism
  • Educational psychology
  • Epistemology
  • Information processing theory
  • Learning
  • Metacognition
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Sociocultural theory

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Ku, K. Y. L., Phillipson, S., & Phillipson, S. N. (2015). Educational learning theory. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (2nd ed., Vol. 7, pp. 238-245). Amsterdam Netherlands: Elsevier.