1.5.1 Behaviourism 1: Skinner's 'reinforcement' and 'conditioning' theories

Welcome to chapter 5 of the 'Approaches to Education' module. In this chapter, we will move on from the Constructivist school to consider another prominent group of theories: Behaviourism. We will begin by looking at the ideas of B.F. Skinner, particularly focusing on those related to both 'conditioning' and 'reinforcement', and we will discuss how these wider psychological theories apply to an Educational setting.   

Goals for this section

  • To understand Skinner's central theories and how they apply to education. 

Objectives for this section

  • To be able to explain how both reinforcement and conditioning work.
  • To be able to identify ways in which the theories apply in actual teaching practice.
  • To consider ways that Skinner's ideas can be implemented into personal practice.

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