Comparing and Contrasting Theories of Learning

For this written assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of
theoretical perspectives by creating a compare and contrast essay on a topic you
select from the list below. This assignment will allow you to examine two or
more different approaches to a given problem or different examples of a specific
phenomenon. In this essay, you will analyze and explain a minimum of two
similarities and two differences in the topics. You will also analyze and
explain the essential connection between the subjects by justifying and making
their comparison relevant and important.  For this essay, you should write for
an audience of novice students of learning psychology. To create a lucid and
well-developed essay in your own words, you should refrain from using quotations
from your sources.

Choose one of the topics from the list below
to compare and contrast:

  • Humanism vs. Behaviorism
  • Humanism vs. Social Constructivism
  • Constructivism vs. Behaviorism

Once you have made your choice, you
will apply basic research to your project by taking some time to research and
develop your expertise in the subject. This will aid you in the successful
completion of this assignment. The research can be accomplished through reading
online material or researching articles and e-books available from the Ashford
University Library. You must utilize at least three scholarly sources, two of
which must be from the Ashford University Library. (For assistance with finding
resources in the Ashford University Library related to your subject, please see
this tutorial.)  For assistance in HOW to
write a compare/contrast paper please click here.

Writing the
“Comparing and Contrasting Theories of Learning” Paper


  1. Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length and formatted according
    to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:

    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted

  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis
    statement. Visit the Ashford Writing Center to clarify how to create a strong
    thesis statement and what it helps you to accomplish. You may also use the Thesis Generator tool.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. For assistance
    with the critical thinking portion of the written assignment, please see the
    information included on the Critical Thinking Community website.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis. The conclusion
    typically has two parts: the summary statement (one or two sentences that
    restate the thesis in a fresh way to reinforce the essay’s main idea) and the
    clincher (a final thought that creates a lasting impression for the reader).
  6. Must use at least three scholarly sources, two of which must come from the
    Ashford University Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
  8. Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA
    style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center

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