Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Assignment Applying Learning Theory to Life

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Applying Learning Theory to Life

Preparation is key to any good research paper and presentation. Next
week, you will be creating your Final Paper and Presentation. It is
important to begin gathering your information and sources to fulfill
this project successfully. For your Final Paper, you will be designing a
training module proposal (not a full training module).
The title of this training module is “The Importance of Understanding
Your Learners’ Needs”. Essentially, you will be proposing the
information you would include for assisting managers gain knowledge in
how to meet the learning needs of their departmental employees.

In this week’s paper, you will be setting the stage to demonstrate your
understanding of the psychology of learning and how it can be applied to
a real-life scenario by creating a list of learning principles you may
want to incorporate into your training module. The group you are
hypothetically assigned to train has already been designed for you.  See
the “PSY331 Final Assessment Scenario“.

Although the Final Paper requires you to apply five principles to your
training, that you feel will best meet your diverse learners’ needs, you
will include a minimum of seven principles
in this assignment that will provide you with options for your final
design. The principles you choose may be from the following areas of
learning psychology: behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, or
humanism. Be sure to review the Final Paper instructions in Week Five
for further guidance. You will also include five content areas that you
would want to include in a training such as this.

For this assignment, you will be evaluating the different types of
learning, which are indicated in the scenario for the final assignment,
and then list what content you intend to include in your training, based
on their needs.
Your paper must include the following:

  • an explanation of Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, and Humanism (one to two paragraphs each.)
  • a description of seven areas of content (principles of learning)
    that you feel are the most important when teaching others about the
    importance of meeting leaner needs

    • Will you include information about multiple Intelligences or Emotional Intelligences?
    • Will you include how scaffolding differs from person to person?
    • What do you think is the most important?
    • Demonstrate your understanding of these principles by describing how they are important in creating effective learning.
  • a description of seven strategies, based on theory, that you
    will include in your own training module to ensure learning success by
    the group of individuals you are wanting to train (will you use
    repetition based on Behaviorism? Will you use motivational rewards based
    on humanism?).

    • Analyze how learning and learning theory may affect this
      situation by listing seven possible strategies you might use in this
      training scenario and supporting their application through theoretical
    • an explanation about why you would use each strategy based
      on theory and each content matter based on importance (in your opinion).

To complete this successfully, also apply your research skills to
this content by synthesizing supporting evidence from at least three
scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library that defend these
strategies as the best options for your training.

Be sure to review the Final Paper instructions in Week Five for further guidance.

Writing the “Applying Learning Theory to Life” PaperThe Paper:

  1. Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (excluding
    title page and references) and formatted according to APA style as
    outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. The title page must include the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that introduces what you will be outlining in your paper.
  4. Must critically address each element of the paper. For
    assistance with the critical thinking portion of the written assignment,
    please see the information included on the Critical Thinking Community website.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms the proposed training module and the content and strategies chosen.
  6. Must use at least three scholarly sources, all of which must come from the Ashford University Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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