Her background spells hopelessness although she has struggled to learn since her enrollment. In order to understand Alisha’s case, it is important to look at the educational learning theories alongside behavioral theories. Unlike any other child that struggles with learn school, Alisha’s situation is a bit more complicated in the sense that she is an adult who is learning under stressful circumstances. The whole predicament that Alisha has gone through played a central role in informing her decision to plagiarize someone else’s work and to contemplate withdrawing from school. Her behavior and situation require cognitive, behavioral, and constructivist approaches in order to appreciate her learning conditions (Ertmer & Newby, 2013).
Perhaps Alisha’s failure in school could be because of her passive involvement in academic work. Looking at her situation from a constructivism perspective, it is worth noting that perhaps she has been learning many theories without applying any of them into practice. Since she is a single mother, she identifies well with practical elements, especially when they relate to parenthood. Perhaps the teacher could have borrowed from constructivist theory in order to make her learning experience more effective just as the learning of other students has been. Additionally, constructivism dictates that the learner ought to construct ideas on his or her own. Alisha’s failure in class resulted from the education system where the teacher gives the students everything that they need before offering them a test. Alisha would have performed better had the teachers, especially her composition instructor, given her the assignment to write about her experiences in the past and how she thinks her past has influenced her present learning outcomes. Probably, she would have gotten a better grade because the composition delves into experiences that he identifies with as a single parent.