Learning theory and research have long been the province of education and psychology, but what is now known about how people learn comes from research in many different disciplines. This chapter of the Teaching Guide introduces three central learning theories, as well as relevant research from the fields of neuroscience, anthropology, cognitive science, psychology, and education.
Theory and Research-Based Principles of Learning
The list provided in this website presents the basic principles that underlie effective learning. These principles are distilled from research from a variety of disciplines.
Summaries of Learning Theories and Models
The website provides an overview of major learning theories and models, organized by paradigm (behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism, and others)
Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer
This 43 page PDF document from the Congressional Research Service, written by Erin D. Caffey, provides "a framework for understanding various types of assessments that are administered in elementary and secondary schools. It broadly discusses various purposes of educational assessment and describe comprehensive assessment systems. Common assessment measures currently used in education are described, including state assessments, NAEP, and state exit exams.
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
Free on-line text of a seminal work on learning, development, and schooling
Theories of Learning and Teaching: What Do They Mean for Educators?
This PDF document is a working paper published by the National Education Association. It was written by Suzanne Wilson and Penelope Peterson.
The website provides a comparison between the three learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism.
Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know About
The graphic in this website gives information about various learning theories.
This document has Information on what is covered in the FTCE Professional Exam.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, the Florida Department of Education is Transitioning to the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), which replace the FCAT 2.0 assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. Florida students will participate in the science and social studies assessments aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS).
Measurement and Evaluation: Criterion- versus Norm-Referenced Testing
The website gives a short explanation on the difference between criterion-based and norm-referenced tests.
What are some types of classroom assessment and what student evidence can they generate?
The website gives various types of assessments that can be used in the classroom. Links to examaples of the assessments are also provided.
Classroom Assessment Techniques
This teaching guide is from the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University and provides easy to understand information about classroom assessment techniques.
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT) employs the use of 25 verbs that create collegial understanding of student behavior and learning outcome.
What is Differentiated Instruction?
This article was excerpted from the Scholastic Professional title, Differentiating Reading Instruction, by Laura Robb.
Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages
The primary focus of the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition is to assist schools and districts with Florida's English Language Learners (ELLs), totaling over 265,000. Florida's diversity of ELLs surpasses most states in the country. Florida is ranked 3rd in ELL population, and although Spanish is the major native language of these students, the ELLs speak more than 300 different languages.
This section of the Edutopia website leads to articles and blog posts on the topic of differentiated instruction.
This section from the Edutopia website contains information on standardized and alternative assessment. It also has links to other information on assessment.
This website is the portion of the Edutopia site that has links to articles, blog and videos on the topic of assessment.