Learning Theories and Strategies (Required)

Learning Theories and Strategies
Mon 14:30~17:20

Faculty Information:

Faculty Name: Yuwen Chang, Ph. D.
Contact Information: 6639-6688 ext 55736
E-mail: yuwenc@tea.ntue.edu.tw

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe principles associated with learning theories and strategies.
  2. Design teaching and learning activities that utilize, model, and apply teaching and learning theory.
  3. Evaluate and expand the research literature in teaching and learning in light of existing teaching and learning theories.
  4. Reflect on how learning theories impact on every aspect of your life.
  5. Develop research questions and conduct relevant research that focuses on teaching and learning theory.

Required Textbook:

Schunk, D. H. (2012). Learning theories: An educational perspective. (6th Edition). Boston, MA. Person Education Inc. ISBN-10: 0-13-707195-7

Course Requirements:

  1. Active Participation (30%)
    Participation is based upon attendance and involvement in class activities.
    For each topic, I will ask one student to post two questions in response to the readings. These 2 questions should be posted separately with an appropriate subject header. Your questions should be posted by midnight, the Friday before class.
    The minimum response from each student is to post a response to the original or initial posting and/or question.
  2. Unit reading and Discussion (40%)
    Students will be expected to share their thoughts and ideas through discussions on FB.
    智慧大師教學平台 http://wm.ntue.edu.tw/magic/teach_class.php
    To promote deeper understanding of course topics, each student will be expected to faciliatate the discussion of the readings for two of the class sessions during week 5 through week 15. Facilitation will be undertaken individually and will require reading in advance, identification of main discussion threads, and selection of questions or artifacts that promote further exploration and understanding of the topic.
  3. Personal learning theory (30%) 5-page paper
    In this paper, describe your own personal view of learning. This view statement will serve as a guide for your future practice/role in a reaching or mentoring setting. You may draw upon any theory, idea, topic we cover in class. Please note, I am much more interested in seeing what you care about, how you view learning and how this view might guide your future orientation toward students or clients than in seeing how much you know about any one theory, idea, or topic.

    These reflection papers will be evaluated based on thoughtfulness, writing style and clarity, and integration of course information into philosophy.
    When competing written assignments, please adhere to American Psychological Association Publication Manual (APA).
    American Psychological Association. (2009) Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Class Schedule:

  1. Week 1: Introduction
    Reading & assignment: Introduce yourself and post a picture.
  2. Week 2: Study of learning
    Reading & assignment: Chap 1; The surprisingly logical minds of babies (ted)
  3. Week 3: Brian Based Learning and related learning strategies
    Brian-Based Learning Strategies: https://feaweb.org/brain-based-learning-strategies
    Jensen Learning: http://www.jensenlearning.com/
    The riddle of experience vs. memory BY DANIEL KAHNEMAN
    Reading & assignment: Chap 2; Brian Based Learning: Glynda Lee Hoffman at TEDxChico (After watching this, your brain will not be the same.)
  4. Week 4: National Day (No Class)
  5. Week 5: Behavioral Theories and related learning strategies
    Reading & assignment: Chap 3; Pavlovian reactions aren’t just for dogs TEDED
  6. Week 6: Behavioral Theories and related learning strategies
  7. Week 7: Social Cognitive Theory and related learning strategies
    Reading & assignment: Chap 4
  8. Week 8: Social Cognitive Theory and related learning strategies
  9. Week 9: Informaional processing theory
    Reading & assignment: Chap 5
  10. Week 10: Cognitive load
    Reading & assignment: Cognitive Load Theory
  11. Week 11: Piaget’s & Vygotsky’s theory
    Reading & assignment: Chap 6
  12. Week 12: Constructivist instruction; Problem-based learning; Cognitive apprenticeships; Cooperative learning (reciprocal questioning, Jigsaw Classroom, structured controversies); Anchored Instruction (Bransford et al.)
    Reading & assignment: Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure?; Chap9
  13. Week 13: Metacognition & problem solving
    Reading & assignment: Chap 7
  14. Week 14: Motivation I
    Reading & assignment: Chap 8
  15. Week 15: Motivation II
    Reading & assignment: Chap 8
  16. Week 16: New Year’s Day (No Class)
  17. Week 17: Self-Regulation
    Reading & assignment: Chap 9
  18. Week 18: Presentation (personal learning theory)


  1. Fred Paas, Alexander Renkl & John Sweller (2003). Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design: Recent Developments, Educational Psychologist, 38:1, 1-4, DOI: 10.1207/S15326985EP3801_1
  2. Tobias, S., & Duffy, T. M. (Eds.). (2009). Constructivist instruction: Success or failure?. Routledge.
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