Thursday, October 13, 2016

Learning Theories Research Ideas

Please remember that your learning theorists presentation is due October 26th--Piaget, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, Erikson, and Gardner. You can substitute Maslow for Erikson or Gardner if you choose. We're looking for completeness of information (but it needs to be well-summarized) and professionalism of your presentation medium (Prezi, google presentation, flip board, infographic, poster, Ted Talk, etc.). This part needs to be done individually. 

Your research study will be due November 9th. You may work collaboratively to get a bigger sample size, to do a multiple age study, etc. Again,  your presentation medium should highlight your strengths and may be done in a group--Prezi, google presentation, a research paper, etc. You need to include what's been done in the field before (your literature review), what you did in your study (your methodology), and what you found (your results). You need three and a half distinct sections: 


  • A review of background literature--Somebody has done something like this before, or something like it. What did they find? How did they conduct their experiment? This is also the place to mention how it ties into your theorist. This will be about a page in length, maybe more if there is a lot of research. 
  • Your methodology--How did you conduct your study?
    • number of observations, subjects tested, etc.
    • How did you conduct the experiment? What did your recording chart look like? What did you say to your students? You could include video of your proceedings (with just a couple of students). 
  • Your results--What did you find? This is a great place for charts.
  • Your discussion--What does this mean for the field of education? Was your hypothesis true (if you had one)? What could you have done better? This needs to be about a paragraph or two. This is your half section. 
Here are some of our research/ study ideas so far:


  • Give students a list of activities from normal to insane--last activity is to sign name instead of doing every activity--comprehension before action--Piaget
  • Within Piaget's cognitive stages, does creativity grow/ evolve from age group to age group? 
    • give fantasy character and ask them to act like them/ draw them
  • What do teachers say to move students forward?--Vygotsky
  • Tie Vygotsky to grown mindset
  • 4 square--How does____ affect empathy, morality? Observations of positive reactions, negative reactions, what happens when corrected?
  • How do co-taught classrooms foster Maslow or Erikson? Are there differences with regular classroom?
  • Does volume of instructor voice affect comprehension of message and perception of safety, etc.?
  • Turn shape, dot, line into a picture--like Piaget and draw a person-house-tree
    • Are drawings different across reading levels, grades, gender, multiple intelligences?
  • Can we make a projective music test? Projective taste test? Projective smell test?
  • Does room color affect children's perception of safety and belonging? 
  • Does color affect how a child learns?
    • Colored paper projective test--red, blue, yellow, white
      • hypothesize that red might result in more violent themes, white less details, yellow or blue more nature
  • Kohlberg's theory and red-green game
  • Kohlberg's theory and bag experiment
    • I want to make your day with a gift, and I need you to make someone else's day..
  • Passing out papers and miss one student--does the size of the class affect helping behavior? 
  • Direction following--step by step directions
    • see who can follow directions
    • compare what students draw

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