The 5 Best Theories of Learning for ESL Teachers | ITTT TEFL BLOG

The 5 Best Theories of Learning for ESL Teachers | ITTT TEFL BLOG

The fundamentals of the maturation theory is the natural biological process humans go through. There is a natural sequence of events that take place despite external stimuli. The fundamentals of the environmental theory is the environment in which we exist. How we behave is a response to what is happening around us. This idea is different from how maturationists believe that we will develop in a systematic way. Our behavior is a reaction to our surroundings. The constructivists believe that learning is a combination of maturation and the environment. “We interact with our environment and construct our own frameworks or settings, in which learning can take place.”

Finally, the ‘other’ group mentioned in the course includes other theories like cognitive development. I would like to look further into this aspect of learning, specifically discovery learning that is supported by Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, and Seymour Papert.

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