This course examines some of the diverse types of learning that humans must master in response to the complex social and cultural environments in which they develop. Structural changes that occur in the brain in response to learning are covered, as are the processes characteristic of different life stages. The course emphasizes the reciprocal nature of the relationship between brain development and learning.
This course is based upon material published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures, and is available as an open access article.
This course on types of learning is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding brain development and learning. The course material includes a review of the reciprocal nature of brain development and learning. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
Contributors: Committee on How People Learn II: The Science and Practice of Learning; Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; Board on Science Education; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding learning and brain development. Specifically, a professional will:
• Describe various types of learning and how they are shaped by social and physical environmental factors
• Identify models of age-related change in brain structure that affect learning
• Recognize the reciprocal nature of the relationship between brain development and learning
Citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.