Sample Psychology Paper on examining a case study through the lens of different learning theories

Write a 4 pages paper that examines a case study through the lens of two different learning theories.


For this assessment, you will examine how two theories could be compared in the application to an everyday learning situation. You will describe the basic tenets of each theory, use theory-specific terminology to hypothesize how a person in the case study has learned things so far that has resulted in the current challenge, and what will likely come next. Then, you will provide a theoretically grounded and evidence-based solution to the problem.


Choose one of the provided case studies from Learning Theories: Case Studies. (at the end I copied the case study I selected).There is no need to recopy the case from the courseroom into the paper. Use the case name in the title of your paper. That will suffice for letting your reader know which person you will be working with.

Choose two learning theories from the list provided. Notice that you may be using theories not covered elsewhere in the course. If there is a specific learning theory you are currently working with in your studies that is not in this list, and if you would prefer to use it for this paper, check with your instructor.

  • Köhler’s insight theory/Gestalt.
  • Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of learning.
  • Bruner’s discovery learning.
  • Knowles’s andragogy.
  • Rogers’s humanism (used as a theory of learning).
  • Hebb’s neuropsychological theory.
  • Miller’s information processing theory.
  • Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance.
  • Skinner’s behaviorism.
  • Watson’s behaviorism.
  • Pavlov’s behaviorism.
  • Bandura’s social learning theory (1977).
  • Bandura’s social cognitive theory (1986).
  • Siegel’s connectivism.
  • Mayer’s cognitive theory of multimedia learning.

Activity Instructions

Write a 4 pages paper that addresses the following:

  • Explain the basic assumptions, strengths and limitations of each learning theory.
  • Analyze the ability of each theory to explain and predict a case.
    • Using terms and concepts from Theory 1, describe the case study, hypothesizing how a person has learned things so far to result in their current challenge. Then, predict what will come next for them, using theoretical concepts.
    • Then, using terms and concepts from Theory 2, describe the case study once again. Hypothesize how this person has learned things so far to result in their current challenge. Then, predict what will come next for them using theoretical concepts.
  • Analyze an intervention.
    • Explore at least one intervention for the challenge presented in the case that would be grounded in or connected with one of the theories.
    • Explain why it would work better than an intervention grounded in the alternate theory, using evidence from your research.
  • Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.
    • Exhibit adherence to stylistic conventions, document structure, and source attributions.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Write coherently to support central ideas, using appropriate APA format, with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
  • Tone: Write in the third person, adhering to conventions of academic tone.
  • Length of paper: 4 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page or reference page.
  • References: At least five scholarly articles (from peer-reviewed journals). Books and other sources can be used, if needed, in addition to the journal articles.
  • APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for style and formatting, as well as for citing your resources in the body of your paper and in alphabetical order on the reference page. Refer to Evidence and APA. You may also use the APA Paper Template [DOCX].
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.