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ECE 201 Learning Theorist Presentation

Before you search!

Looking for stuff goes better when you know what you're looking for! 

There are 6 steps to getting started with your research

  1. Understand your assignment - What do you suppose to do? What are you supposed to present? When is it due? How will you be assessed?
  2. Choose a topic - Your professor has provided a list of topics, choose one that interests you.
  3. Write a research question - What do you need to know?
  4. Generate keywords - For this assignment, your basic keywords will be your Learning Theorist name and the theory they developed. What related terms, ideas, or concepts are important?
  5. Find background information
    1. Use your textbook 
    2. Use library resources like Credo Reference, WISE, or SAGE Knowledge to learn about your topic
    3. Use the Oxford English DictionaryCredo Reference, or the glossary of your textbook to define terms you may not know.
  6. Begin searching for scholarly and topic-specific sources
    1. ERIC and Education Source are greater field-specific databases
    2. Use WISE, EBSCOhost eBooks, or ProQuest ebooks to locate books about your topic

Using WISE and Credo

Books at Westminster that may be helpful to everyone! (Click on the cover)


Learning Theories A-Z


Learning Theories



What about websites?

You might be asking: "Can I use Google?"

The answer: "Yes, BUT..."

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this website known within the field/ trusted as a 'good source'? 
  • Can you find the author's name?
    • Is the author an educator or subject expert?
  • How is this website making money?
    • Are there any obvious advertisements? 
    • Is the website itself trying to sell someone something (a Montessori school will be trying to get parents to enroll their kids. There may be helpful information there, but acknowledge that is it biased!)

For this project, it's probably best to use a mix of academic sources through the library and good internet sources