This site provides CTE researchers with information on theories used in Career and Technical Education research. Click on a theory to find details about the theory, examples of papers using the theory, and links to related sites. Please feel free to add to the information here, correct errors, or suggest additional theories for the list. This site was created by the CTCT 7970/7976 class at Auburn University.


  1. Cognitive Information Processing Theory

  2. Cooperative Learning

  3. Visual Learning Theory

  4. Project-Based Learning Theory

  5. Cognitive Constructivism Theory

  6. Behaviorist Learning Theory

  7. Contextual Teaching and Learning Theory

  8. ****Career Clusters Theory****
  9. Active Learning Theory
  10. Experiential Learning Theory

  11. Multiple Intelligences Theory

  12. Situated Learning Theory / Alex Hale

  13. Information Processing Theory

  14. Social Cognitive Theory

  15. Constructivist Theory

16. Hands-on Learning Theory-nolin

17. Theory of Multiple Intelligences/ Lauren Medders

18.Cognitive Theory / Courtney Taylor

19. Andragogy Learning Theory

      1. Social Constructivism by: Kalin Gunn Visual Learning Theory By: Kalli Black 2. Constructivist Learning Theory Posted by Chris Cahill - 3. Cooperative Learning in CTE By: Melissa Leonard Cooperative learning is a successful learning theory that addresses academic as well as social learning. There are five basic elements of cooperative learning. These elements are 1. Positive Interdependence 2. Face-to-Face Interaction 3. Indiidual accountability 4. Social Skills (Group behaviors) 5. Group processing ( Click the link below to learn more about cooperative learning. Cooperative Learning

20. Problem-Based Learning Theory

Active Learning Theory