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An information processing theory which deals with how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. It sees learning as taking place within the learner while focusing on processing rather than behavior. Cognitivism was shaped largely by learning theorists Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, David Ausubel, and Jerome Bruner.


This theory allows for unobservable changes in mental knowledge. Reasoning, problem solving, information processing, and other complex forms of learning are involved.

Website Resources

Site that gives a definition as well as background about the key pioneers of cognitivism .

Introductory website to cognitive learning theory.

Learning theories and models of teaching including a cognitive system.

Site that discusses Cognitivism and Piagetís stages of cognitive development with some pictures.

More Cognitivism Resources on CIRCLE

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