Thorndike developed a
methodology suitable not only
for experimental study of animal
learning but for much of animal
and human behavior as well.
MAJOR THEORETICAL CONCEPTS
• Selecting and Connecting
• Learning Is Incremental, Not Insightful
• Learning Is Not Mediated By Ideas
• All Mammals Learn in the Same Manner
THORNDIKE BEFORE 1930
• The Law Of Readiness
• The Law of Exercise
• The Law of Effect
SECONDARY CONCEPTS BEFORE
• Multiple Response
• Set or Attitude
• Prepotency of Elements
• Response by Analogy
• Associative shifting
THORNDIKE AFTER 1930
• Revised Law of Exercise
• Revised law of effect
• Spread of Effect
SCIENCE AND HUMAN
Thorndike was a very colorful person who
expressed opinions on a wide variety of topics.
His thoughts on the learning process and his
views concerning the relationship between the
learning process and educational practices.
THORNDIKE ON EDUCATION
Thorndike believed that educational
practices should be studied
as more was discovered about the
nature of learning more could be
applied to improve teaching
EVALUATION OF THORNDIKE
The learning situation must
be made to resemble the real
world as much as possible.
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