Skinner offers the most compelling argument for the use of behaviorism when teaching a new subject to an adult and to a child ". Do you believe that Skinner's approaches can work on all children? If not - what would be a barrier to his theory not working with a particular child?
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B.f Skinner believed that the best way to understand behavior
was to look at the causes of an action and its consequences. This approach was
known as the operant conditioning. It deals with operants or intentional actions
that affect the surrounding environment. He argued that a reinforced behavior is more
likely to be repeated while the un reinforced one dies out. Reinforcement is
this case includes the positive reinforcement where behavior is rewarded,
negative reinforcement and punishment where bad behaviors are punished. This approach
cannot work n all children since a punished behavior is only suppressed but may
not be forgotten. Punishment may increase aggression in a child. Depending with
the child, punishment can cause fear that can generalize to undesirable
behaviors like the fear of school. Punishment only tell the child what not to
do but not what to do.
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Sep 9th, 2015
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