Running head: HUMAN LEARNING THEORIES
Human learning theories
HUMAN LEARNING THEORIES
Learning is as a transformative process of acquiring knowledge, skills, and behavior
through study or experience. Have you ever imagined how people learn certain things or behavior?
The Psychologist argues that the actions we possess are acquired through human learning theories.
These theories are frameworks or looms that describe how knowledge is absorbed, processed and
retained during the process of learning. For knowledge and skills to be acquired and conserved
effectively, factors such as environmental influence, cognitive and emotions play significant roles in
learning. People learn in various ways. In this essay, I will support various learning theories such as
behaviorism, cognitive, social learning and constructive, whereby I will explore and consider how
they have contributed to knowledge and show how emotional experience or previous experience
from them have impacted my learning.
The Behavioral theory claims that learning occurs due to environmental experience (stimuli)
which leads to a particular response. They believe that children are born with a blank slate (tabula
rasa) and therefore they acquire knowledge through conditioning. Proponents associated with this
theory are John B Watson, Ivan Pavlov, BF Skinner, and E. L Thorndike. Focuses on changes that
are measurable for example increase, decrease, and maintenance. Under this theory, learning occurs
in two different ways that are learning through classical conditioning and operant conditioning.
Learning through classical conditioning occurs through an association of two or more stimulus
thereby producing or leading to a newly learned response. According to Watson (1994), individual
behaviors are different and hence does not appreciate the existence of ...