Cognitivism as a reaction to Behaviorism -Cognitivist theory developed as a reaction to Behaviorism. -Cognitivists objected to behaviorists because they felt that behaviorists thought learning was simply reactionary and ignored the idea that thinking plays a role. -Paivio, Gagne, and Gardner are a few of the cognitivists who have contributed to developing the cognitive theory. Text p. 371
Gagne identified five major types of learning:
Faculty.philau.edu -Gagne’s 3 Principles of Learning: Provide instruction on the set of component tasks that build toward the final task. Ensure that each task is mastered. Sequence the tasks to ensure the optimal transfer to the final task. Text p. 372
Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences.
He concluded that individuals use eight different intelligences to perceive and understand the world.
One, two, or more of these intelligences may be dominant over the others for different individuals.
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Proposed that presenting information both visually and verbally enhances recall and recognition.
Dual coding theory: assumes that people process information through both images and language.
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Teaching and Learning Under the Cognitivist Theory
Teachers should create an environment with lots of tools for developing an understanding of the topic. Teachers should monitor students progress and ask lots of questions. Teachers should provide use visual and verbal teaching methods. Teachers can read aloud to students. Using technology, they can provide pictures, videos, and charts to enhance learning (i.e. computer video clip, topic-related images from the web, etc.)
Students should think deeply and answer questions about the topic to further develop their understanding. Failure can be a good thing. It helps the student recognize that they need to learn more to achieve mastery of the topic.
I think that the cognitivist theory is a great theory to follow when teaching. I think that is always a good idea to provide different ways of learning. Some students are visual learners and will do better learning through pictures, videos, or visually looking at a text book. Some students are audio learners and will do better listening to a lecture, or listening to a teacher read aloud to them. Some students are audio-visual learners and will do better with either technique!