Schema Theory and Scaffolding
Prior to engaging in this discussion, be sure to watch the What are schemas?
video, read “The Value of Peers and Support From Scaffolding,” “Learning Theory – Schema Theory,”
and “Constructivism in Theory and Practice”
articles, and review any relevant Instructor Guidance.
Information on how we learn can be applied to areas such as in
health, leadership, business, employee training, and the family. It can
also help you to assist people to understand the needs of others’ more
successfully and create more successful learning, organizational, and
personal environments. In this discussion, you will demonstrate your
understanding of schema theory and scaffolding by sharing about your
educational background and the ways you have been taught new knowledge
in the past.
Evaluate schema theory and its potential application to learning
psychology. Compare one method of learning you have experienced that did
not align with anything you knew or believed to a method that built on
your existing schema (scaffolding). Thinking critically about the
inherent differences in the outcomes in these two situations, what
differences were there for you in the level of difficulty of remembering
the material? Analyze and comment on how this learning theory applied
to these two real-life situations. What other differences you can think
of? How might you apply the principles of this theory when providing
new information to a diverse group of individuals?