Part 1

Create a Theorist’s Learning Environment (Individual Activity)

You will be assigned an educational theorist to research once I confirm who is in the course (see table below).

Theorist Student assigned Theorist Student assigned
Emile Durkheim Jerome Bruner
Howard Gardner Lev Vygotsky
Barry Zimmerman Jean Piaget
Geert Hofstede Paulo Freire
Confucius Benjamin Bloom
B.F. Skinner Malcolm Knowles
Catharine Beecher?? David Kolb
John Dewey George Siemens
Maria Montessori  Maslow Socrates
Albert Bandura Zeichner and Schön John Flavell
James Banks  Mezirow Yrjö Engeström   Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann

 Here are the steps:

  1. You will have to create 2 visual images of a classroom environment that would have been created by 2 theorists (one image for each theorist) for a subject that you are familiar with (ex. make an image of Paulo Freire’s classroom as if he were to teach engineering and then an image of John Dewey’s classroom as if he were teaching engineering or another subject).
  2. Individuals will share links to their images as a blog posts below.
  3. Your blog post should have the following:
    1. The image.
    2. A paragraph description of the main theory that your theorist presented.
    3. List three things about your image that give evidence for why it is a good reflection for this educational theory and compare between the images.
  4. View and read at least one other reflections linked to this page that you think have a similarity or dissimilarity to your own classroom image. This should be done before the second AC session on 17.10.18. Demonstrate that you have done this by offering a comment connected to these posts stating how you think it is similar or different to your own image.

When is it due

  1. Your images and reflections should be linked to this page as a post by the end of the day on October 15 2018.
  2. One comment completed by October 17 2018.

How you will be assessed

The activity will be assessed based on the quality of images and descriptions provided. Assessments will be made  using the following criteria:

  1. Awareness of the ideological basis of different conceptualizations in the educational sciences;
  2. Self-reflexivity: ability to connect academic learning with personal learning
  3. Professional reflection: ability to connect academic learning with professional context(s)
  4. Social analysis: development of critical literacy and ability to engage with complexity, uncertainty and diversity




23 thoughts on “Part 1

    • In my view, the Jean Piaget’s Cognitive Development theory to some extent overlaps with John Dewey experiential learning. Because both theorists have emphasized the learning by doing and interaction of the learning with the environment. I can clearly see the depiction of Dewey ideas in the picture shared by Waqar as children are learning by doing and exploring new ideas to create their piece of art.

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    • Here is mine Therorists’ learning environment.


      • Hi Asheesh,

        Thank you for introducing two interesting theories!
        I remained wondering that these five dimensions of Multicultural education and the Theory of Multiple Intelligence seems to overlap quite a bit. Isn’t it so that at the end all people are individuals – so if a teacher takes into account e.g. knowledge construction and equity pedagogy, the teacher is probably using methods supporting diverse learners to learn. By doing this, the teacher also enables students with different kinds of intelligence to learn utilising different methods.

        Another arisen question: how much can we presume that differences between learners depend on different cultural backgrounds vs. different kinds of intelligence?


      • Hi Asheeh,
        Thank you for introducing two interesting theories
        We have similar idea of your picture 1 (dimensions of multicultural education.) and my picture 2(cultural dimensions model). Both of our theories supports the multi culture individual – group learning, emphasize discussion and value internal motivation , gender equality and Teacher behaviors and expectations, although not always systematically included, suggested that teacher expectations can strongly influence both the cognitive and the effective development of children. Have responsibility to teach moral, physical, and intellectual development of children.


    • Ata´s post about Howard Gardner was really interesting. There are many similarities between Gardner and James Banks. Both of them pay attention on differences of students as a learner. Garners theory explains how and why different people learn in different ways and how and why they possess unique skills. James Banks is writing same issues as he has research different ethnic groups, how their learning styles differs and what kind of teaching methods should be used. It would be interesting topic to deal with Gardner´s nine intelligences and try to put them into the context of multicultural learning:


  1. My post of James Banks


    • As Timo has written Bandura’s theory claims that learning occurs in a social context by following how other people behave. I think James Banks would agree on that statement. Instead of learning theories Banks has concentrated on multicultural education. Therefore, I am sure he sees importance of social learning and social context too. Multicultural education highlights needs of different social groups and promotes interaction between students.


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