Appraise Theories for Teaching and Learning



Have you ever thought about why you want to teach a child in the way that you do? What theorists believed that the method you use would work? As a future teacher, you will be obliged to seek out theorists of the past to learn why as a teacher you use the methods of teaching that you do. Your method of teaching had to have derived from somewhere. It will be helpful to you to look into which theorists of the past had the greatest impact on the way that children are taught today, for example, 

John Locke (1632-1704) is known for a theory of his that presented that the mind was a blank tablet. In other words, John Locke's theory was that experience and environment both form the mind. John Locke believed that development came from the stimulation children receive from caregivers and parents (Morrison, Woika & Breffn, 2020). If one would look at how children are educated today they would probably realize that John Locke is a master educator and theorist on how and what is believed when it comes to educating children. "The notion of the importance of environmental influences is particularly evident in programs that encourage and promote early childhood education as a means of helping children get a good foundation for learning early in life" (Morrison, Woika & Breffn, 2020, p 76). The programs of today have assumed that the differences in learning behavior and achievement are based on environmental factors such as family conditions and home, early education, experiences, and socioeconomic background. Currently, the universal move is to school children from an early age, it is that this will prevent future poverty and neglect, and will promote the socioeconomic level (Morrison, Woika & Breffn, 2020).  



  • The point of this WebQuest is for future teachers to learn about educators and theorists who had the greatest impact on how children are educated today. 
  • The outcome of this WebQuest is to enlighten the reader on the influences of famous educators and theorists of the past on the early childhood education of today. 

Create or modify a WebQuest for what you consider to be the most important events, beliefs, theories, and people (Luther, Comenius, Locke, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Owen, Froebel, Montessori, Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Maslow, Erikson, Bronfenbrenner, and Gardner) that have had an impact on early childhood education. Include the following in your Webquest:

  • All the necessary components of a true WebQuest.
  • Include how the event, belief, theory, and people affected the role of the contemporary early childhood educator
  • If you are adapting a WebQuest from another source, be sure to give appropriate credit and citations.
  • Present your WebQuest in an online format.
  • Post the URL of the completed Webquest in a Word document, along with a personal reflection on your experiences with designing your WebQuest.
  • Be sure to incorporate a reference list at the end of the WebQuest, listing all

Once you have read about famous early childhood educators of the past you should have gained insight as to what their beliefs and theories were and the impact their beliefs and theories have on today's early childhood education. Your WebQuest presentation should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your paper should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.


Morrison, G. S., Woika, M. J., & Breffni, L. (2020). Fundamentals of early childhood education. Hoboken, NJ: Pearson. Retrieved from

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Hello, it has been quite the experience creating this WebQuest for you. It is fascinating learning about famous educators of yesterday and their impact on early childhood education in today's time. It is in great hope that you too found it gratifying while researching. As future teachers, you should find yourself feeling good about yourself because you learned about the impact of past educators on today's education.