Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(7), pp. 1560 - 1566
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070710
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Instructors' Opinions on Individual and Social Learning from Humanistic Perspective: A Preliminary Study


Hongmei Wang *, Spencer Taylor
Department of Computer Science, Faulty of GIS, Northern Kentucky University, United States

ABSTRACT

Most of previous studies on the social learning consider only social influences on the social learning, but seldom address cognitive, humanistic and behavioral influences on the social learning, in particular, the instructors' opinions. This study focuses on investigating how the individual and social learning are affected by humanistic factors, the relationship between the two types of learning based on instructors' opinions. Through reviewing existing literature, we identified four categories of humanistic learning factors, including affective factors, conative factors, personalities, self-initiator and self-regulation ability at first. Then, the interview and the focus group discussion were conducted to collect the data about instructors' opinions on how the individual and social learning are affected by these four categories of humanistic factors and the relationship between them. The study results show that the instructors all agree that all the four categories of humanistic factors influence both the individual learning and the social learning and individual humanistic factors can be shared in the groups and directly influence the group learning. The individual learning and the social learning are dependent on each other and complement each other in the students' learning process. The study provides a comprehensive understanding about instructors' viewpoints on humanistic influences on the two types of learning and the relationship between them.

KEYWORDS
Learning Phenomenon, Individual Learning, Social Learning, Relationship, Humanistic Factors, Learning Theories

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Hongmei Wang , Spencer Taylor , "Instructors' Opinions on Individual and Social Learning from Humanistic Perspective: A Preliminary Study," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 7, No. 7, pp. 1560 - 1566, 2019. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070710.

(b). APA Format:
Hongmei Wang , Spencer Taylor , (2019). Instructors' Opinions on Individual and Social Learning from Humanistic Perspective: A Preliminary Study. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 7(7), 1560 - 1566. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070710.