We’ll help you understand learning theories! Explore over 80 learning theories, models, and frameworks that address how people learn. Each theory is summarized and discussed in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand format.
Constructivist, Social and Situational Theories
- Constructivism Overview
- Anchored Instruction (Bransford)
- Cognitive Apprenticeship (Collins et al.)
- Cognitive Dissonance (Festinger) NEW!
- Communities of Practice (Lave and Wenger)
- Connectivism (Siemens, Downes)
- Discovery Learning (Bruner)
- Multiliteracies (New London Group)
- Semiotics (deSaussure, Barthes, Bakhtin)
- Social Development Theory (Vygtosky)
- Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
- Situated Learning (Lave)
Descriptive and Meta Theories
Child Development Theories
Motivation and Humanist Theories
- Humanism Overview
- ARCS Model of Motivational Design (Keller)
- Emotional Intelligence (Goleman)
- Experiential Learning (Kolb)
- Flow (Csikszentmihalyi)
- Grit (Duckworth, Matthews, Kelly, Peterson)
- Intrinsically Motivating Instruction (Malone)
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow)
- Positive Psychology / PERMA Theory (Seligman) NEW!
- Self-Determination Theory (Deci and Ryan)
Miscellaneous Learning Theories and Models
- Cognitivism Overview
- Attribution Theory (Weiner)
- Cognitive Load Theory (Sweller)
- Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Mayer)
- Elaboration Theory (Reigeluth)
- Expertise Theory (Ericsson, Gladwell) NEW!
- Functional Context Theory (Sticht)
- Gestalt Theory (von Ehrenfels)
- Information Processing Theory
- Situated Cognition (Brown, Collins & Duguid)
- Stage Theory of Cognitive Development (Piaget)
- Theory of Mind, Empathy, Mindblindness (Premack, Woodruff, Perner, Wimmer) NEW!
Design Theories and Models
Media and Technology Theories
- Digital Citizenship
- Dopamine, Games and Motivation NEW!
- Educational Robotics and Constructionism (Papert) NEW!
- E-Learning Theory (Mayer, Sweller, Moreno) NEW!
- Game Reward Systems NEW!
- Gamification in Education NEW!
- Online Collaborative Learning (Harasim)
- Online Disinhibition Effect (Suler)
- Uses and Gratification Theory NEW!