This book is a systematic introduction to learning psychology. It describes, analyzes and explains learning by means of nineteen scenarios from everyday situations. The reader may therefore connect theoretical considerations with experiences he or she can easily follow. Several scenarios stem from family situations, others from school and business, and still others refer to very individual learning processes. Having worked through the nineteen scenarios the reader will be acquainted with the important learning theories: behavioristic, cognitive, social-cognitive as well as the Gestaltists'.
"[Steiner] is. . . to be congratulated on producing a groundbreaking contribution. The scenarios included are interesting, scholarly, and relevant. . . . The book could easily be the basis for some lively discussions and debates about learning theories. . . . We recommend its use as a supplementary book in learning courses." Contemporary Psychology
1. Fear of white aprons - classical conditioning; 2. A learned heart attack? The problem of extinction; 3. The World Fair's 'magic nails' - trial and error learning?; 4. An untidy child becomes tidy - signals for new habits; 5. Michael remains a troublemaker - of operant conditioning and the perils of reinforcement; 6. How Rita unlearns to like drawing - reinforcements are not all alike; 7. Waiting and learning to do without - learning to control one's own impulses and behavior; 8. Learning prosocial behaviour- social-cognitive development and the learning of social value systems; 9. Don't be afraid of exams - more than just desensitization; 10. How managers learn to cope with stress - cognitive behavior training and the development of action-regulating cognitions; 11. Learned helplessness in a senior high school student - non-contingencies and casual attributions; 12. Learning to juggle - mastering the grammar of juggling; 13. Learning from text - the construction of mental models; 14. Building your vocabulary - mechanical learning and the elaboration of semantic networks; 15. Fontane's 'John Maynard' - on global and specific learning and memory aids; 16. Learning to count: the construction of numeric networks - Piaget's theory of genetic epistemology applied; 17. How concrete is concrete learning, for example in geometry? - conceptual and figural components of learning.