Analysis of Three Learning Theories

Self-efficacy Social cognitive theory Self-concept

Analysis of three learning theories


The cognition and utilization of the world makes human life have become more convenient and comfortable, learning that can be defined as the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge is the key term to the development and progress of individuals, even the whole society. Because of the different environment, the learning theory or method is not unique. Some theories emphasis on individual learning and some tend to learn in groups. Three learning methods – self-efficacy, situating learning and expansive theory are compared from three aspects of level and relationship, transformation, and strength and weakness.

Comparing in level and relationship

Understanding of the level and relationship of the learning theories can help us to better understand the purpose and significance of each method. Self-efficacy beliefs have been found to be sensitive to subtle changes in students’ performance context, to interact with self-regulated learning processes, and to mediate students’ academic achievement. According to the Zimmerman (2000), the level of self-efficacy refers to its dependence on the difficulty of a particular task. Self-efficacy related to three concepts of outcome expectations, self-concept, and perceived control. Situating learning can be interpreted that one person is imperceptibly influenced by people who around him or her in a specific environment. The newcomers obtain knowledge and related skills and finally convert into oldtimer though the language or behavior shown by senior guidance. Expansive learning is a little bit similar with situated learning, because both of them are group study and need communication among members. However, contradictions, gaps and uncoordinated issues appear, which needs the establishment of a new model to solve the problems, due to the different objects, back ground and tools of different group. Comparing in knowledge transfer process

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