Ashford EDU 649 EDU 649 Week 1 Journal Learning Theory Research Activity

Ashford EDU 649 EDU 649 Week 1 Journal Learning Theory Research Activity


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EDU 649 EDU649 EDU/649 Week 1 Journal Learning Theory Research Activity

A peer reviewed journal or article is an article or journal that has been reviewed by experts in the field and deemed to be worth reading by other professionals. Typically this is an extensive process in which reviewers are carefully vetted for expertise and professional experience. In this assignment, you will have an opportunity to examine a peer reviewed article and apply what you have learned to a professional scenario or activity.

Please refer to the following tutorials for guidance on conducting scholarly research at the Ashford Library:

About Scholarly Journals and Online Databases
How to Conduct Research Using the Ashford Library

For this activity, you will be researching a learning theory that is of interest to you. You will be going to the Ashford University Library to find a peer reviewed article that describes best practices or a study about that theory. However, you may wish to first browse a wonderful resource on learning theory to get a feel for all the great theories that support instructional best practices. If you find a theory in this database, you can then research it in the Ashford University Library:

Learning Data Base and Webliography

Your next step in this activity is to find a learning theory from a peer reviewed article in the Ashford Library by clicking the Library link in the Navigation menu to the left. In the Search Field type in your key words for your search string. You may want to search on a particular learning theory that you found in the Learning Theories Database above, or you may want to search for a learning theory connected with an instructional technology that is of interest to you. Here are some search strings that may be useful as you look for interesting studies and best practices surrounding learning theory: (Notice how we put quotation marks around phrases. This ensures that the exact phrase ‚Äď such as ‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ ‚Äď is used rather than the words in the phrase being present, but not necessarily side by side)

Learning Theory Search strings in the AU Library¬†‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ
‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ and games
‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ and technology

Vygotsky and ‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúProblem based ‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúKeller‚Äôs motivational learning theory‚ÄĚ
‚Äúcooperative learning theory‚ÄĚ
‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúsocial networks‚ÄĚ
‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ and multimedia
‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúlearning styles‚ÄĚ
‚Äúlearning theory‚ÄĚ and people (or children) with disabilities (or autism, etc.)¬†etc.

You should then use this article(s) to support your response in the weekly discussion. Please specify the database where you located the article(s) as part of your APA citation.

Once you have identified an article, respond to the following questions:

  1. 1)  Provide the APA formatted reference (often there is a tool next to your article that allows you to create
    the citation in APA format)
  2. 2)  Provide the name of the learning theory you found and describe it in some detail.
  3. 3)  Describe the types of educational activities that this learning theory might support.


4) Describe in detail a real or imagined learning activity that would incorporate this theory, including types of technologies that you could use in teacher and student activities, and how the theory would support acquisition of skills and knowledge. 

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