This course provides an introduction to learning theories and their implications for, and application to, teaching. The course covers the full range of learning theories, such as cognitive, behavioural and humanist, and also more recent theoretical developments. It focuses in particular on those most relevant to teaching and training in the vocational education and training (VET) and adult learning sectors. While most students are already working as teachers and trainers, their prior qualifications may not have included a deep or broad theoretical basis. In this course they have the opportunity to explore learning theory from their own viewpoint as learners, and in the context of their own teaching practice. They will develop a critical stance, to examine tensions in the relationship between learning theories and current policies and practices in the VET sector. There is particular focus on the nature of the learners whom the students are likely to encounter in teaching in the VET sector.