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Theories of Human Learning: What the Professor Said 6th Edition

Guy R. Lefrancois

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 2000, 1995
  • 464 Pages


Both a serious academic text and a delightful story, this book offers a clear, readable look at a full range of learning theories from behavioral to cognitive. It also covers memory, motivation, connectionism (neural net models), and social learning and concludes with a comprehensive synthesis. Its most apparent strength is its easily accessible style, but its greatest value lies in the clarity of its concepts and its emphasis on practical applications. THEORIES OF HUMAN LEARNING is narrated by a Professor. But this Professor isn't just anyone. In fact, those familiar with previous editions may conclude that he is related to Kongor and Kro, two extraterrestrials who so successfully guided students through the first two editions—-or to the Old Man or, later, the Old Woman who led readers through the next editions. Wise as he is, the Professor does the job even more effectively than his predecessors in this sixth edition of THEORIES OF HUMAN LEARNING: WHAT THE PROFESSOR SAID.

Guy R. Lefrancois, University of Alberta

Guy Lefrançois is the author of leading Thomson Learning textbooks in child and adult development (OF CHILDREN AND THE LIFESPAN), and in Educational Psychology (PSYCHOLOGY FOR TEACHING). He is currently at the University of Alberta.
  • This sixth edition is a survey and interpretation of some of the important theories and findings in the psychology of learning. It includes a detailed examination of the main behavioristic and cognitive theories, and an appraisal of each together with a discussion of its most important practical applications. It also presents a significant updating of current brain-based research and of symbolic and connectionist models (neural network models). As well, it looks at the most recent and useful models of memory, motivation, and social/cognitive learning.
  • Expanded sections on neurotransmitters.
  • Expanded section on brain plasticity.
  • New material on brain injury and amnesia.
  • Thorough updating: 378 of the 910 references are new to this edition.
  • 79 additions to the glossary, many of which reflect concepts new to this edition.
  • Change of title, maintaining 3rd person device, using a character referred to as the Professor (rather than the Old Woman or the Old Man).
  • New sections Common Misconceptions, Appraisal of Symbolic Models, Folk Beliefs, Evolutionary Psychology, Brain-Based Education, What is Purposive Behaviorism?, Evolution of the Brain, Learning Individual Differences and Structuralism and Functionalism.
  • New examples of animals learning via imitation by imitation.
  • New illustration of latent inhibition in a medical setting and clarified definition of latent inhibition.
  • Expanded coverage of brain structures and functions.
  • New studies on environmental enrichment with humans.
  • Chapter 7 on Bruner and Piaget includes a section on Vygotsky, including a biography, a summary of the theory, and a discussion of its educational implications.
  • Material on the brain and its relationship to learning and behavior includes recent brain-based research, a discussion of brain imaging techniques, and a description of the major structures and functions of the brain. In addition, material on neurotransmitters and their relationship to behavior and reinforcement is included.
  • A chapter on social learning (Chapter 11).
  • Sections on educational implications for every major theorist and theory are covered in the text.
  • A section in the evolutionary psychology chapter (5) on the structure and functioning of the brain.
  • THEORIES OF HUMAN LEARNING: What the Pfofessor Said is known for providing students with an interesting, friendly narrative that has the integrity of a scholarly approach and meticulous technical coverage.
  • Appraisal sections are clearly labeled after every major theory.
  • Instructions for using Sniffy: The Virtual Rat, PRO Version CD-ROM are included in the Instructor's Manual.
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1. Human Learning.
2. Early Behaviorism: Pavlov, Watson, and Guthrie.
3. The Effects of Behavior: Thorndike and Hull.
4. Operant Conditioning: Skinner's Radical Behaviorism.
5. Evolutionary Psychology: Learning, Biology, and the Brain.
6. A Transition to Modern Cognitivism: Hebb, Tolman, and the Gestaltists.
7. Three Cognitive Theories: Bruner, Piaget, and Vygotsky.
8. Symbolic Models of the Mind and Neural Networks.
9. Learning and Remembering.
10. Motivation.
11. Social Learning: Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory.
12. Summary, Synthesis, and Integration.
Name Index.

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