Cognitive Learning Theories

The cognitive learning theory is one that I found aligned well with part A of this assignment.

The cognitivist theory  focuses on the inner activities of the mind, and the understanding on how people learn. Mental processes such as thinking, memory, knowing, and problem-solving need to be explored. Knowledge can be seen as schema or symbolic mental constructions. Learning is defined as change in a learner’s schemata.

Cognitivism is the development of a classroom lesson in order to help students learn higher order thinking skills. Teachers should consider:

  • What skills student need to know to undertake the activity
  • Students should know…
  • Activate prior knowledge in order to teach the new topic.

Student will then be able to achieve – understanding, retaining and recalling of information.

Here’s a wacky video that helps to explain the theory further.


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