Learning theories, frameworks and models – how many do you know?

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As the years go on and I progress through my degree, I feel that I have been bombarded with a range of frameworks that we could use in the classroom. With many of them, I can see the benefits that they provide students. On my professional experiences the question I ask my mentor teacher is, which one of the frameworks / models works best for them? I always get the same answer that it depends on the school, classroom students and what they are learning at the time.

I think as a pre-service teacher and one that likes to be super organised, I have to know a little bit about all of theories to be able to adapt my pedagogy to suit the learners. Not all the theories or frameworks are created equal and you need to find the one that works best for you and your students. While you may use one of the frameworks in one classroom, it might be completely different in another classroom.

Howard-Jones (2014) describes the theory as the idea that “a student learns most effectively when they are taught in the preferred learning style” (p. 817).

So far I’ve come across:

  • Blooms Taxonomy
  • RAT Framework
  • SAMR framework
  • Learning styles
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility – I do, We do, You do
  • Constructivist Learning Theory

Check out this link to see all the learning theories and to get more information on each one.

I also found this great blog that delves into more detailed information about RAT, SAMR transformative Technology and Occam’s Razor – have I peaked your interest??

As I was writing this, my fellow peer Katherine wrote her blog that made me feel very envious of her upcoming adventure for the Easter period! While I am hoping to take off the public holidays, I feel the rest of the time will be catching up on my other three subjects that are feeling a little neglected… But as Dory says, “just keep swimming”……….



Howard-Jones, P. A. (2014). Myths and Messages. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 15(12), 817–824. doi:10.1038/nrn3817


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