Learning and Human Abilities: Educational Psychology

Learning and Human Abilities: Educational Psychology

Learning and Human Abilities: Educational Psychology

Learning and Human Abilities: Educational Psychology

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The main purpose of the second edition, essentially the same as the first, is to present material which will help students learn more efficiently as individuals and will also help them as professional workers in education, psychology, and related fields. In this, as in the previous edition, we have emphasized learning-teaching processes and have bridged the gap between learning and development as separate entities through the concept of emergent human abilities. The main variables affecting efficiency of learning in the classroom or in other group settings are treated in detail as are the conditions essential to efficient learning.

Many significant events have occurred since the writing of the first edition: More attention is being given nationally to human learning and abilities, and, a great deal of research has been completed in educational settings as a result of substantial financial support from private foundations and the federal government. Also, innovation has become popular in the schools.

Recently, more attention is being given to improving efficiency of learning and the related development of human abilities. Instead of attempting to develop comprehensive learning theories, scholars are now formulating subtheories that deal with more specific matters such as concept learning, problem solving, and motivation. Also, they are extending principles of laboratory learning to complex human behavior in ongoing daily situations. Generalizations drawn from many disciplines are being transformed into principles of instruction. We have included a substantial amount of this large body of new material in the second edition. In addition, we have pioneered in setting forth a functionalist theory of purposeful learning and in formulating nine models of instruction, each dealing with these more specific learning outcomes and phenomena: factual information, concepts, problem solving, creativity, psychomotor abilities and skills, attitudes and . . .

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