QUSU06037 2019 Learning Theory

General Details

Full Title
Learning Theory
Transcript Title
Learning Theory
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean McGagh
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This module will introduce students to the pedagogy, theory and theorists which underpin learning in a third level setting.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Appreciate the benefits of theory in a learning context


Identify the various established western learning theories


Demonstrate a reflective approach to how they learn


Contrast the nature of formative and summative assessment in higher education


Explain the nature of pedagogy and andragogy within the context of lifelong learning

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures and Tutorials

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuotus Assessment

Final Examination

Repeat Assessments

As Marks and Standards

Indicative Syllabus

Blooms Taxonomy of Learning Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education

Pedagogy/Andragogy – Dewey, Knowles, Mezirow, Focault, Bourdieu, Rawl, Freire, Habermas,

Learning Theories – Behaviourist, Cognitivism, Constructivism, Social Constructivism, Transformation.

Learning Theorists - Piaget, Dewey, Skinner, Vygotsky.

Learning Styles

Multiple Intelligence - Gardner

Reflective Practice - Borton, Kolb, Schön, Gibbs, Johns, Brookfield.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Discussions/Presentations 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1991-05-07 Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning Jossey-Bass
ISBN UOM:39015021975639
Recommended Reading
2001 Twentieth Century Thinkers in Adult and Continuing Education Psychology Press
ISBN 9780749434083 ISBN-13 0749434082

Looks at the central ideas in adult education and the impact of the major thinkers in this field. Examines the work of 17 indidvidual thinkers in detail and includes a chapter on significant feminist thinkers in adult education.

Recommended Reading
1998 The Theory and Practice of Learning Routledge
ISBN 0749424974 ISBN-13 9780749424978

We live in a learning society. More and more research is being done on how people learn. This practical book looks at current theories of learning, how they have developed, and demonstrates how these can be put into practice. Education and learning are separate things. Learning is a human phenomenon, essential to growth and development, occurring throughout life-- with or without a teacher. The authors begin with a broad examination of the social changes that have made learning such a central concept in contemporary society and discuss the definition of "learning." The current theoretical approaches to learning are then presented in clear, understandable terms, with an in-depth discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.The book ends with an introduction to the literature and forms of adult learning, and suggestions on how each type can be used in either an educational or human resource developmental setting.

Recommended Reading
2000-09-01 Pedagogy of the Oppressed Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN 0826412769 ISBN-13 9780826412768

"(This book) meets the single criterion of a 'classic': it has outlived its own time and its author's. For any teacher who links education to social change, this is required reading. ....... " [from back cover]

Recommended Reading
2001 The Age of Learning Routledge
ISBN 0749434112 ISBN-13 9780749434113

"This book provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the key features of learning in contemporary society."--Back cover.

Recommended Reading
1987 Developing Critical Thinkers
ISBN 0335155510 ISBN-13 9780335155514

Introducing critical thinking, this book looks at general ways in which people can be helped to become critical thinkers, and also reviews opportunities for developing critical thinking in specific contexts.

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