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At the core of all education, distance or otherwise, is a theory. Theories of Learning (EDD 8124) provided an opportunity to explore the concept of a theory and a variety of published theories. Theory, in the context of learning, requires three components: (a) expected results, (b) the method to achieve the results, and (c) the stimulus which starts the behavior modification (Driscoll, 2005). Once these components are defined, a process which is similar to the basic scientific method (hypothesize, test, analyze results, modify hypothesis, and repeat) follows. Driscoll illustrates this process and describes it as being “systematic and recursive” (p. 5)—the process never ends.

A question that has been raised is if a theory can ever be proven. There is no simple answer to this question and a full process to explore this question would assist in justifying this. Simply, if a theory is ever proven, then would it not become fact, rather than theory? Driscoll’s discussions of the theories she highlighted shows that with every theory, there are always questions that arise or remain unanswered. Therefore, it follows that, if questions remain, it is not fact and remains a theory.


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