by Denise Kay, University Of Central Florida

Welcome to Who's Who in Human Learning, a Webquest designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to theories of human learning. By completing this webquest you will; a) be introduced to a variety of learning theories and/or models of learning, b) be introduced to various theorist who contributed to our understanding of human learning c) identify the contributions that various learning theorist have made to the field of human learning

Introduction

                                                       

            Piaget                                Vygotsky                            Thorndike

Do you slow down when you drive by an elementary school? Why? Are you the only one who slows down or do you notice that other people slow down too? How did you learn to slow down when you drive by an elementary school or other places where children may be playing?

How do you think learning occurs? If you have an idea about how learning takes place, where did it come from? Is it based on your experience as a student? As a teacher? As a parent? How do you use this knowledge in your personal or professional life?

Even basic ideas about how humans learn can be of great use, whether it is used to understand daily interactions with peers, parents, children or co-workers. For instance, assumptions from at least one learning theory can be used to explain why people slow down when they drive by an elementary school. Information about how humans learn can be especially useful in professional life, whether you are a teacher, manager, administrator, trainer or a co-worker.

Do you think it is important to have well-informed ideas about how learning occurs? If so, this webquest will get you started on the process of learning about learning. Who's Who in Human Learning is designed to introduce you to various theories and models of learning and to provide you with information about who developed and contributed to those theories.

By the way, one explanation for why you slow down when you drive by an elementary school is provided in the conclusion. But see if your participation in this webquest helps you come up with your own ideas first.