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Nathan Learning Theories Approaches
Teresa Zappey
American Intercontinental University

Abstract
Three learning theories are examined, Behaviorist, Cognitivist and Constructionist and put into theoretical application in regards to a hypothetical gymnast named Nathan in the story titled “Nathan the Gymnast”. There is a brief overview of the story included then first the behaviorist theory is applied on how it can help Nathan using positive and negative reinforcement. Next the cognitivist theory is applied on how Nathan can be helped with its emphasis on the mental process and problem solving. Finally the constructionist theory is applied with how it can help Nathan using the active process of learning including using outside sources. It also taps into Nathans desire to do well and love of gymnastics or personal motivation. Personal examples are given on each theory by the author.

Nathan Learning Theories Approaches There are three well know learning theories, behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism all of which provide valuable methods of teaching students. Each of these theories will be hypothetically applied to a story called, “Nathan the Gymnast”. A brief summary of the story is Nathan has natural gymnastic talent from a very young age. He was inspired to be a gymnast when he watched the Olympics so his parents enrolled him in gymnastic classes and soon the coach saw his talent and wanted to take him to competitions, which Nathan wanted to do, and his parents agreed. He is good at everything but doesn’t like the pommel horse so he doesn’t practice it unless his parents make him. At the competitions he does well on everything but the pommel horse. By the second year of competitions he is winning medals on everything but still not the pommel horse even though his parents bought him a practice home version called a mushroom. Nathan’s father used a…...

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