Belief Statements

While teaching technology, I have discovered that some of the strongest lessons are reinforced though self-discovery. For example, you have probably learned more about using the browser you are using to read this statement though your own self-discovery than though any book or class you have taken in the past. In that regard, I strongly agreed with many of the questions that support the Cognitive-experimentalism philosophy. This concept is neutral-interactive and facilitates the learner’s change in perceptions to become a more fully functioning self. Key instructional strategies include discovery, inquiry projects, cooperative learning, and integrated curriculum.

I support the use of Albert Bandera’s Social Cognitive Theory in the classroom environment. This theory focuses on learning that occurs within a social context. It considers that people learn from one another, and includes such concepts as observational learning, imitation, and modeling. Students often learn a great deal simply by observing other people and their peers, so students are often more receptive to models who are similar to themselves. By watching others work they are able to learn about appropriate problem solving skills. Using the concepts behind Social Cognitive Theory teachers encourage collaboration and/or allow alternative ways of learning and showing competence. Using these concepts teachers should allow unstructured exploration to motivate students and help them discover their own interests (Bandura, 1986).