Schema Theory and Scaffolding
Prior to engaging in this discussion, be sure to watch the
What are schemas? video, read “The Value of Peers and Support From Scaffolding,”
“Learning Theory – Schema Theory,” and
“Constructivism in Theory and Practice” articles, and review any relevant Instructor Guidance.
Information on how we learn can be applied to areas such as inhealth, leadership, business, employee training, and the family. It canalso help you to assist people to understand the needs of others’ moresuccessfully and create more successful learning, organizational, andpersonal environments. In this discussion, you will demonstrate yourunderstanding of schema theory and scaffolding by sharing about youreducational background and the ways you have been taught new knowledgein the past.
Evaluate schema theory and its potential application to learningpsychology. Compare one method of learning you have experienced that didnot align with anything you knew or believed to a method that built onyour existing schema (scaffolding). Thinking critically about theinherent differences in the outcomes in these two situations, whatdifferences were there for you in the level of difficulty of rememberingthe material? Analyze and comment on how this learning theory appliedto these two real-life situations. What other differences you can thinkof? How might you apply the principles of this theory when providingnew information to a diverse group of individuals?