ERIC Number: ED421619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Application of Psychology of Learning to Tech Prep Education and Instruction.
The technical education instructor needs to emphasize certain tenets from the psychology of education in teaching-learning situations: meaningful learning; sequential experiences; success in student learning; purposeful activities; provision for individual differences among learners; knowledge, skills, and attitudinal goals to represent balance among objectives; and quality evaluation techniques to determine student progress. Two opposing psychologies may be used in instruction. Behaviorism, a management system of instruction, emphasizes use of measurably stated objectives in teaching-learning situations. After instruction, the technical education instructor determines if students individually have been successful in goal attainment. Reinforcement tends to shape student behavior in the desired direction. A second psychology of instruction to emphasize is humanism. Humanists believe a humane technical education curriculum is in the offing when students have input into developing objectives, learning opportunities, and evaluation procedures. They emphasize a psychological technical curriculum whereby the choice of sequence, with instructor guidance, resides within the student. The student and instructor cooperatively appraise the student's progress. (YLB)
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