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Psychology Of Learning

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This course examines major theories of learning, covering topics such as classical conditioning, operant conditioning, shaping and chaining, reinforcement schedules, punishment, one-trial learning, and cognitive and social processes in learning. Students will examine research from animal and human studies, emphasizing basic and complex models of acquired behavior, motivation, and memory.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    The Transfer Process for Learning

    • Analyze specific factors in the transfer process using behaviorist, social cognitive, information processing, and constructivist theories.

    • Propose research-based strategies for applying the transfer process in learning to real-world problems and issues.
    • Describe the transfer process as it relates to learning in general.

    The Process of Learning

    • Evaluate the relative effectiveness of each learning theory.

    • Use the four theories of learning to explain the processes of classical conditioning and operant conditioning, supporting each usage with relevant evidence in animal and human psychological research.

    • Explain how professionals apply knowledge of learning to real-world problems and issues.
    • Evaluate the process of learning from the perspectives of behaviorism, social cognitive, information processing, and constructivism.

    The Role of Memory in Learning

    • Examine the role of memory in learning, as described in behaviorist, social cognitive, information processing, and constructivist theories.

    • Assess the role of memory as described in each learning theory.

    • Evaluate shaping and chaining, reinforcement schedules, and one-trial learning, supporting each evaluation with evidence from relevant human and animal research.

    • Generate examples of how professionals in the field of psychology help individuals maximize memory.

    Self-Regulation of Learning Process

    • Create an ethical plan for self-regulation of learning, as described in behaviorist, social cognitive, information processing, and constructivist theories.

    • Critique the relative effectiveness of each self-regulation theory.

    • Design a research proposal to measure self-regulation of learning as explained by each of the four learning theories, developing each plan from a sound basis in theory and human and animal research.

    • Generate strategies for applying self-regulation methods to real-life problems and situations in the field of psychology.

    Review of Concepts

    • Explain how the primary functions of theory relate to the study of learning. 

    • Evaluate research methods that are used to study the process of learning.

    • Investigate tools and techniques for measuring learning.

    • Apply relevant ethical principles to the conduct of research on human and nonhuman participants.

    • Interpret the critical issues for learning theory.

    The Role of Motivation in Learning

    • Evaluate the role of motivation in learning, as described in behaviorist, social cognitive, information processing, and constructivist theories.

    • For each of the four major theories, discuss the role and the relative importance of motivation in the learning process.

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of punishment as a tool to increase motivation.

    • Critically evaluate common motivational techniques in terms of ethical principles and professional codes of ethics.

    • Explain how professionals apply knowledge of motivation to real- world problems and issues.
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