Menu What is Behaviorism? Father of Behaviorism The Classroom My Philosophy
What is Behaviorism? All behaviors are based on conditioning Classical Conditioning/Operant Conditioning Classical- Natural stimulus paired with response Operant- Reward and punishment based learning
What is Behaviorism? Cont’d. Famous Dog + Bell experiment Positive reinforcement- something good is added Negative reinforcement- something bad is removed
Father of Behaviorism John B. Watson: 1878 – 1958 Started college at age of 16 “Psychology was science of observable behavior” 1913- Delivered most famous lecture on Behaviorism
Father of Behaviorism Cont’d Known for his “Little Albert” experiment Firm believer that practice strengthens learning Lent his knowledge to advertising companies Watson was the father of behaviorism/ B.F. Skinner applied it to education
The Classroom Teacher must repeat concepts often Rewards condition students to behave well Teacher can incorporate tech games to practice concepts Students absorb material better with multiple modes of learning
The Classroom Cont’d Top 5 ways to facilitate behavioristic learning Give the learner immediate feedback Break task into small steps Repeat directions often Give work based on difficulty level Positive reinforcement is key
My Philosophy I agree that learning is based on practice There should always be positive reinforcement Technology can be used to reinforce both concepts and good behavior Bad behavior can be modified with proper reinforcement
My Philosophy Cont’d I don’t think teaching should be as impersonal as behaviorism suggests Has potential to remove student individuality Can make students expect to be consistently rewarded even when doing what is expected
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