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  Sher Jerome Bruner  Sher
Howard Gardner  Asheesh Nigam Lev Vygotsky  Ovais
Barry Zimmerman  Liisa K Jean Piaget  Waqar
Geert Hofstede  Siriwimon Paulo Freire  Mustafa Ali
Confucius  Ovais Benjamin Bloom Jiby M
B.F. Skinner  Waqar Malcolm Knowles Heidi V
Catharine Beecher  Siriwimon David Kolb  Liisa K
John Dewey  Salman George Siemens  Salman
Maria Montessori  Heidi V Socrates Jiby M
Albert Bandura  Mustafa Ali John Flavell
James Banks  Asheesh Nigam

 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 to your own classroom image. This should be done before the second AC session on 11.10.17. Demonstrate that you have done this by offering a comment connected to these posts stating how you think it is similar 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 7 2017.
  2. One comment completed by October 11 2017.

How you will be assessed

The activity will be assessed based on the quality of images and descriptions provided. Assessments will be made on a scale (1 to 5) 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




11 thoughts on “Part 1

    • 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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