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Learning LearningCharles Tatum

Learning Learning

Facts, Theories, and Principles (First Edition)
By B. Charles Tatum

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62131-791-3, 350 pages


As a professor, I know how important it is to have a textbook that engages students. I was pleased to find that Learning Learning does just that ... I recommend Learning Learning as a textbook to use for a college level course on learning methodology. It included the right topics and was written in a way to inspire students to learn about learning.—Dr. Joanie Connell, Flexible Work Solutions, La Jolla, CA

[Learning Learning] is well written, interesting and will readily engage students. The illustrations are superb.—Dr. Henry C. Ellis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico

The textbook Learning Learning is a comprehensive survey of the field of learning from a psychological point of view. The book underscores the valuable perspectives psychology brings to our understanding of the ways all life forms, from the simple to the complex, acquire new behaviors and knowledge.

The introductory chapter defines learning and addresses the three psychological domains of learning – behavior, cognition, and emotion. This first chapter also examines the nature of stimuli and responses and compares cognitive versus behavioral approaches to learning. The second chapter explains the scientific process and sheds light on how behavioral research is used to help better understand the learning process.

Subsequent chapters (chapters 3-7) explore forms of learning based primarily on animal models, ranging from classical Pavlovian conditioning to operant conditioning with an emphasis on the related concepts of reinforcement, punishment, scheduling, discrimination, generalization, and transfer. The final chapters (chapters 8-12) focus mostly on human forms of learning, such social learning and language learning. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of evolution, genetics, and adaptation.

Accessible and student-friendly, Learning Learning is ideal for students who are new to the field of study.

Charles Tatum earned his Ph.D. in research psychology from the University of New Mexico, and went on to teach for twelve years at Cornell College, serving as chair of the psychology department for seven. Currently Dr. Tatum is a full-time faculty member at National University, where he teaches human behavior and administers the M.A. in human behavior. He also teaches learning and industrial/organizational psychology at San Diego State University. Dr. Tatum's research interests include organizational psychology, adult education, and accelerated learning, and he has served as a consultant to both private and public organizations.

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