Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective, Pearson New International Edition (6e) : 9781292020587

Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective, Pearson New International Edition (6e)

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For Learning Theory/Cognition and Instruction, Advanced Educational Psychology, and Introductory Educational Psychology courses.

An essential resource for understanding the main principles, concepts, and research findings of key learning theories –especially as they relate to education–this proven text blends theory, research, and applications throughout, providing its readers with a coherent and unified perspective on learning in educational settings.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 — Introduction to the Study of Learning
  • Chapter 2 — Behaviorism
  • Chapter 3 — Neuroscience of Learning
  • Chapter 4 — Information Processing Theory
  • Chapter 5 — Social Cognitive Theory
  • Chapter 6 — Constructivism
  • Chapter 7 — Cognitive Learning Processes
  • Chapter 8 — Self-Regulation
  • Chapter 9 — Motivation
  • Chapter 10 — Development
  • Glossary
  • References
New to this edition

NEW! A chapter on Self-Regulation (Chapter 9) helps students understand the processes involved in self-regulation and successful avenues to develop self-regulated learners.


NEW! Instructional Applications are now featured at the end of most chapters to equip students with the knowledge and understanding of how the concepts discussed in each chapter apply to the practice of learning of academic content. See Chapters 2-10.


NEW! Sections on learning from technology and electronic media have been updated and revised to better educate students on how these advancements can be used effectively in instruction to promote learning in students. See examples in Chapters 7 and 10.


NEW! Content-area learning and models of instruction are infused into all chapters covering learning theory and processes to solidify the coherence and connection between teaching and learning in different content areas, learning principles, and processes. See examples in Chapters 2-10.


NEW! Vignettes featured at the introduction of every chapter set the stage for readers for the concepts about to be discussed in the chapters and how the content applies in real situations involving teaching and learning. See Chapters 1-10.


NEW! Over 140 new references added throughout the text introduce the latest theoretical ideas, research findings, and applications in the field. See Chapters 1-10.

Features & benefits

This text’s main objectives are to inform students about the main principles, concepts, and research findings of key theories of learning, especially as they relate to education, and to provide applications of principles and concepts in settings where teaching and learning occur. Although the text places primary emphasis on cognitive theories that stress learners’ constructions of beliefs, skills, strategies, and knowledge, behavioural theories also are discussed.


An introductory chapter introduces learning, discusses key learning issues and ways to assess learning, explains the relation of learning and instruction, and describes some historical antecedents of contemporary learning theories. A second chapter follows which discusses the neuroscience of learning. The next four chapters present theories of learning: behaviourism, social cognitive theory, information processing theory, and constructivism. The last four chapters in the text cover key topics related to learning: cognitive learning processes, motivation, self-regulation, and development.


By blending theory, research, and applications throughout, this text provides instructors and students with a coherent and unified perspective on learning in educational settings.


Features a chapter on the Neuroscience of Learning (Chapter 2) so students can better understand the basics of brain operation and the roles of brain structures in learning.


A chapter on Constructivism (Chapter 6) helps students to understand key constructivist principles, especially those relevant to Vygotsky’s theory, and how to foster constructivist learning environments.


The chapter on Motivation (Chapter 8) explains how motivational processes influence teaching and learning and how educators can develop motivated learners.


A chapter on Development (Chapter 10) teaches about the developmental processes critical for learning and successful ways to foster learning in students at different developmental levels.


The chapter on Cognitive Learning Processes (Chapter 7) aids students’ understanding of the key roles played by metacognition, concept learning, problem-solving, transfer, and technology in teaching and learning.
Author biography

Dale H. Schunk is Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University, a M.Ed. from Boston University, and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He has held faculty positions at Purdue University (where he served as Head of the Department of Educational Studies), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where he also was Chair of the Academic Affairs Institutional Review Board), and the University of Houston.

Dale has edited six books, is co-author of Motivation in Education: Theory, Research, and Applications (Prentice Hall, 2008) and has authored over 80 articles and book chapters. He has served as President of Division 15-Educational Psychology for the American Psychological Association and as Secretary of Division C-Learning and Instruction for the American Educational Research Association. He is presently a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals.

Dale's teaching and research interests include learning, motivation, and self-regulation. He has received the Early Career Contributions Award in Educational Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Albert J. Harris Research Award from the International Reading Association, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Purdue University School of Education