Foundations of Learning Theory

Benchmark – Foundations of Learning Theory

Examining the history of learning theory provides context around which educators frame their personal philosophies of teaching and learning. In addition, understanding how teaching, leading, and learning relate to one another is a critical life skill as is the ability to understand the relationship between assessment and accountability; professional success depends on the ability to navigate the interconnected nature of these ideas. In this assignment, you will explore these relationships.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

Instructors will be using a grading rubric to grade the assignments. It is recommended that learners review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment in order to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.
Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.


Write a paper (2,000-2,250 words) that places theories of learning, leadership, assessment, and accountability in the appropriate historic and philosophic context for application in teaching and learning. Be sure to include the following:

An analysis of the history and philosophy of teaching and learning. Which individuals and events had the greatest influence on current philosophies of teaching and learning? Why?
A discussion of historic and current theories of leadership as they are applied to teaching and learning. How do leadership theories influence classroom practice?
A discussion of the philosophic relationship between assessment and accountability for teaching and learning. How does accountability influence assessment? How does accountability influence teaching and learning?
A discussion that synthesizes theories of learning, leadership, assessment, and accountability by placing them in the appropriate historic and philosophic context for application to teaching and learning.