It is getting more important for educators to continue learning as the ‘business’ of education becomes ever , more complex. We now know more or at least have more opportunities to explore a range of perspectives on what we know, which may challenge our traditional beliefs about education. Students also have more opportunities to learn in different environments, certainly not just in the more rigid confines of a school or college.
Through this new knowledge their confidence may increase in as much as they can now challenge, with evidence, their teachers. So teachers need to know more about theory (particularly new knowledge about the brain and learning, for example) and by a process of action research should attempt to integrate theory from outside with their own theories based on their own practice so as to continually learn and apply what they have learned.
Teachers can also learn in partnership with their students who can also participate in action research and metacognition:
Theory into practice (TIP) may help in this process ….
TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.
For more information about many of the theories and theorists included here, see the “People & History” section of http://www.psychology.org