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100 learning theorists

Donald Clark

Donald Clark is perhaps unusual amongst edtech entrepreneurs in that he knows his education theory very well. He has distilled this knowledge into a highly readable series of short articles about 100* key educational thinkers, ranging from ancient philosophers to modern-day pedagogists and innovators. Clark outlines their main contributions to education and assesses their legacy.

It’s a hugely valuable resource and a great way for history of education newbies to dip their toes into two-and-a-half thousand years of human thought about how we learn.

*Actually 107 at last count.

Greeks

Socrates
Plato
Aristotle
Greek mathematicians; (Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes)

Religious leaders

Confucious
Buddha
Jesus
Mohammed

Religious educators

St Augustine
Ignatius
Luther
Calvin

Enlightenment

Locke
Rousseau
Smith
Wollstonecraft
Edgeworths

Marxists

Marx
Gramsci
Althusser
Habermas
Freire
Chomsky

Social constructivists

Piaget
Vygotsky
Bruner
Margaret Donaldson

Psycholanalysts

Freud
Rogers
Bandler
Harris

Schools

Humboldt
Montessori
Steiner
Neill
Colbert
Burt

Behaviourists

Pavlov
Thorndike
Skinner
Bandura

Cognitists

Miller
Atkinson & Shiffrin
Baddeley
Tulving
Sweller

Practice

James
Dewey
Ebbinghaus
Ericsson
Bjork

Instructionalists

Mager
Bloom
Gagne
Merrill

Learning styles

Fleming
Honey & Mumford
Kolb

Holists

Geary
Cross
Seligman
Csikszentmihalyi

Moralists

Maslow
Kohlberg
Martin
McLuhan
Postman

Assessors

Eysenck
Gardner
Goleman
Schleicher
Myers-Briggs
Kirkpatrick

Educationalists

White
Knowles
Eisner
Robinson
Hirsche

Teaching

Engelmann
Rosenshine
Hattie
Willingham
Black & Wiliam
Dweck

Social/team learning

Belbin
Salas
Wenger
Stodd

Online technologists

Berners-Lee
Gates
Page & Brin
Jobs
Chen & Hurley

Online delivery

Wales
Dougiamas
Khan
Mitra
Ng & Koller
Norman
Nielsen

Outsiders

Illich
Gatto
Schank
Thiel
Caplan

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