Conceptual Approaches to Learning

Conceptual Approaches to Learning

Submit a 3-4 page paper (excluding the coversheet and reference page) discussing the conceptual differences and similarities between cognitive, behavioral, and neuroscience approaches to learning.

  • Describe the four components of learning as they appear in each approach.
  • Concentrate on the different areas that each approach emphasizes or deems most important in the learning process.
  • Provide an example of real-life learning from the lens of a cognitive approach.

The paper should have a minimum of one reference in addition to the textbook.

Point Value of this Assignment: 8
This Discussion Question aligns with the following weekly outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
This Discussion Question aligns with the following course outcomes: 2, 4, 5

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Grading Criteria

Content Criteria Total: 4

Content includes the analysis and differences between cognitive, behavioral, and neuroscience as it pertains to learning.

Content includes the four components of learning.

Content includes a real-life learning experience from the cognitive approach and at least one outside reference, in addition to the textbook.

Key elements of the assignment are covered.

Writing and Organization CriteriaTotal: 2

The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.

The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.

The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.

The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.

Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.

Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.

Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.

Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.

Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.

The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.

Spelling is correct.

Research Criteria Total: 1

The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.

Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include wikipedia.com and about.com.

Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).

Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.

When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.

Style Criteria Total: 1

The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).

The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment

The paper includes an APA style cover page.

The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.

The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.

The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.

Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.

The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

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