Putting theory to work!
Our Learning Theories in Action guide for teachers is freely available to help educators better understand different theories of learning.
As well as reading about particular theories, it is important to actively and practically apply these theories so that we are able to deepen our understanding of how these theories work in practice.
Being a good teacher is a never-ending process of learning about our profession, ourselves and the children in our care, so we hope this guide will help you to keep on learning.
The best way to use this guide is to share it with your colleagues. There are inquiry questions throughout the booklet. These are good to ask yourself, but they are better to discuss with others.
Download the booklet here: Learning Theories in Action A Guide for Teachers
Further links to resources to supplement the ideas presented in this booklet are presented below:
Behaviourist and constructivist ideas:
Social Learning Theory: Children learning from adult behaviour – a video explaining the bobo doll experiment:
Piaget’s Theory of Development:
Different resources for learning:
Piaget’s theory of schemas and how a learner’s model of the world changes:
Main ideas of Lev Vygotsky, the first Social Constructivist:
A summary of the ideas of Piaget, Vygotsky:
Active Learning for older students (but still relevant to Primary School):
Active Learning in the Early Years:
Teaching creativity in schools:
Lessons plans for lessons focused on creativity:
African perspectives on creativity from The International Handbook of Creativity:
Mother Tongue Education matters:
Questions and answers for school leaders, teachers and communities about multi-lingual education:
Multi-Lingual Resource Kit:
Why behaviour management is not class management:
Teacher efficacy and classroom management in Africa, a meta-analysis:
Prof. Dylan William on Formative Assessment:
A Formative Assessment case study from Ethiopian schools:
Resources to help teachers design effective formative feedback:
Disability Equality Education – a case study from South Africa:
Good inclusive teaching practices from South Africa:
A UNICEF information booklet on inclusive education:
What does the evidence tell us about girls’ education?
Gender Responsive Pedagogy for Early Childhood:
Gender Policy Action Plan: