Theoretical Foundations of Learning Environments provides students, faculty, and instructional designers with a clear, concise introduction to the major pedagogical and psychological theories and their implications for the design of new learning environments for schools, universities, or corporations. Leading experts describe the most important contemporary theories that form the foundation of the conception and design of student-centered learning environments and new applications of educational technologies. This book is well suited as a textbook for courses in instructional design, educational psychology, learning theory, curriculum theory and design, and related areas.

The rise of constructivism and its associated theories represented a paradigm shift for educators and instructional designers to a view of learning as necessarily more social, conversational, and constructive than traditional transmissive views of learning. This bestselling book was the first to provide a manageable overview of the altered field, and the second edition has been fully updated to include expert introductions to Metacognition, Argumentation, and other key contemporary theories.

part |25 pages


chapter |23 pages

Student-Centered Learning Environments

Foundations, Assumptions and Design
BySusan M. Land, Michael J. Hannafin, Kevin Oliver

part |273 pages

Theoretical Perspectives for Learning Environments

chapter |37 pages

From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice

BySasha A. Barab, Thomas Duffy

chapter |29 pages

Designing Model-Based Learning Environments to Support Mental Models for Learning

ByPablo Pirnay-Dummer, Dirk Ifenthaler, Norbert M. Seel

chapter |19 pages

Conceptual Change and Student-Centered Learning Environments

ByDavid H. Jonassen, Matthew A. Easter

chapter |28 pages

Argumentation and Student-Centered Learning Environments

ByE. Michael Nussbaum

chapter |29 pages

Theory and Practice of Case-Based Learning Aids

ByJanet L. Kolodner, Brian Dorn, Jakita Owensby Thomas, Mark Guzdial

chapter |27 pages

Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning in Student-Centered Learning Environments

ByRoger Azevedo, Reza F. Behnagh, Melissa Duffy, Jason M. Harley, Gregory Trevors

chapter |26 pages

Embodied Cognition and Learning Environment Design

ByJohn B. Black, Ayelet Segal, Jonathan Vitale, Cameron L. Fadjo

chapter |18 pages

Everyday Expertise

Learning Within and Across Formal and Informal Settings
ByHeather Toomey Zimmerman, Philip Bell

chapter |26 pages

Activity Theory in the Learning Technologies

ByBenjamin DeVane, Kurt D. Squire

chapter |18 pages

Learning Communities

Theoretical Foundations for Making Connections
ByJanette R. Hill

chapter |14 pages

What is a Community of Practice and How Can We Support It?

ByChristopher Hoadley

part |34 pages

Theoretical Perspective for Investigating Learning Environments

chapter |32 pages

Learning Environments as Emergent Phenomena

Theoretical and Methodological Implications of Complexity
ByMichael J. Jacobson, Manu Kapur