Learning Learning

Facts, Theories, and Principles (First Edition)
By B. Charles Tatum
©2014, 350 pages

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    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 experimental psychology at the University of New Mexico. A professor in the Department of Psychology at National University, Dr. Tatum's research interests include applied measurement technology, survey construction and analysis, individual and group performance, and adult learning and accelerated instruction. He has published extensively in a variety of journals including the Journal of Education Research and Behavioral Sciences, the International Journal of Psychology and Counseling, and the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Dr. Tatum has worked as an organizational consultant for private and government organizations. Dr. Tatum's most recent book is Learning-learning: Facts, Theories, and Principles. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science.
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    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