Canter’s Theory of Assertive Discipline.

1,817 ViewsView All Theories Assertive discipline is a structured system to enable teachers to manage their classrooms. It focuses on the teacher developing a positive behaviour management strategy rather than being dictatorial. Canter’s proposition is that the teacher has the right to decide what is best for their students and Read more…

Rogers’ Humanist Theory.

1,589 ViewsView All Theories Developed by the American psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1980s, facilitative learning is a humanistic approach to learning. Humanism. Humanism was developed to contrast cognitivism and behaviourism. Both Rogers and Maslow (see above) based their work in humanism. The key perspectives of humanism are as follows: Read more…

Skinner’s Behaviourist Theory.

1,845 ViewsView All Theories Operant Conditioning. Operant conditioning is based on Thorndike’s “Law of Effect” (1898), in which it is proposed that behaviours that are followed by positive responses are likely to be repeated and those that are followed by negative responses, not repeated. Skinner refined the Law of Effect Read more…

Laird’s Sensory Theory.

1,750 ViewsView All Theories In 1985 Dugan Laird stated in his book ” Approaches to Training and Development ” that learning occurs when the senses are stimulated. He quoted research that found that 75% of an adult’s knowledge was obtained by seeing. 13% was through hearing, the remaining 12% was Read more…

The Peter Principle.

1,336 ViewsView All Theories The Peter Principle was developed by American educational theorist Laurence Peter and was explained in the book “The Peter Principle” that Peter wrote with his colleague, Raymond Hull. Originally the book was supposed to be a satirical view on how people are promoted in organisations but Read more…

Kolb’s Experiential Theory.

1,450 ViewsView All Theories   David Kolb, an American education theorist proposed his four-stage experiential learning theory in 1984. It is built on the premise that learning is the acquisition of abstract concepts which can then be applied to a range of scenarios. “Learning is the process whereby knowledge is Read more…