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2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog
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PY 304 - Learning Theories

This course examines major theories of learning relevant to understanding how learning results in memory. Classical and operant conditioning are compared and contrasted, with special emphasis placed on understanding positive and negative reinforcement and punishment schedules. Cognitive learning, observational learning, learning style preferences and techniques, as well as motivation, stages of memory, and learning across the lifespan are also explored.  

Prerequisites & Notes
PY 101

Assignment Overview
Assignments: Varied Throughout the Term

 Interactivity: Discussion Boards

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Compare and contrast early and contemporary theories of learning.
  • Distinguish between classical and operant conditioning.
  • Critique features of memory and information processing.
  • Apply your understanding of adult learning theories, including Behaviorist, Constructivist, Cognitive, and Motivational Theories, through projects, reflections, and illustrations.
  • Synthesize and integrate the theories discussed in the course.

Credits: 3

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