As you can see, understanding how people learn is an ongoing process. While the early behaviorists focused on observable behaviors, researchers are constantly seeking new ways to gain a better understanding of how learning happens. Sometimes, as in the cases of cognitive theories and connectivism, a new technology inspires new models and metaphors. Other times it is interaction with other cultures that influences theory, as when Vygotsky’s work was translated into English. All of these theories and perspectives add to our understanding of teaching and learning. However, there are personal factors that influence how receptive we are to learning as well. In the next chapter we will discuss how motivation can affect readiness to learn.
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