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ESE502: The Class: Self Assessment: Philosophy Overview: behaviorism


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Ivan Pavlov, J. Watson, B.F. Skinner

No such thing as free will
Learning is a physiological response to stimuli
Human nature is innately neither good nor
bad, but is shaped by environment
Behavior modification
Contingency management
Advocates use of positive rather than negative
reinforcement to shape & refine learning
Programmed learning, engineered classroom
responsible to maintain setting,
reinforcement, individualization

A page on Pavlov

A page on the PBS web cite about to Science The page gives a brief description of Pavlov, Watson, Skinner and the origins of behaviorism

A site on behaviorism and Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner

A page on Edward Thorndike with links to related topics

A page on assertive discipline

Once you have completed this activity, you should:

Go on to Web Assignment 1: Search the Web: Educational Philosophies
Go back to Self Assessment

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