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Educational Psychology Reader

The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition


Edited By Greg S. Goodman

The revised edition of Educational Psychology Reader: The Art and Science of How People Learn presents an exciting amalgam of educational psychology’s research-based reflections framed in twenty-first century critical educational psychology. As a discipline, educational psychology is reinventing itself from its early and almost exclusive identification with psychometrics and taxonomy-styled classifications to a dynamic and multicultural collage of conversations concerning language acquisition, socially mediated learning, diverse learning modalities, motivation, the affective domain, brain-based learning, the role of ecology in increasing achievement, and many other complementary dimensions of how people learn. Many polymaths of the discipline are included in this volume, providing daunting evidence of the range and intellectual rigor of educational psychology at this historical juncture. Featuring a collection of renowned international authors, this text will appeal to scholars across the globe. The Educational Psychology Reader is an ideal choice as either the primary or supplemental text for both undergraduate and graduate level educational psychology courses.


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Section II: Behaviorism


c_ch 1 thru 12_EdPsychReader_2013 11/9/2013 3:31 PM Page 60 Although different from Pavlov’s theory, Watson’s theory shared one common principle with Pavlov’s: Responses, whether behavioral or emotional, are caused by stimuli or associations of the stim- uli. Watson’s theory can also be explained by the stimulus-response formula and adds another layer to classical conditioning. Watson contributed to behaviorism in the following areas: 1. Emotional responses—such as fear, love, and anger—can be conditioned in the same way as behavioral responses. 2. Contrary to what most people believed at the time, emotional responses are not instinc- tual or biological. They can be learned and trained. 3. In addition to human emotional responses, human interests, hobbies, or career choices can also be trained. OPERANT CONDITIONING BY SKINNER Following Watson’s lead, Skinner also emphasized behavior as the basic subject matter of psychol- ogy (Skinner, 1938/1974). Often seen as a major proponent of radical behaviorism, Skinner’s work differed fundamentally from Watson’s work and that of his contemporaries who followed Watson. Classical conditioning emphasizes the role of stimuli or antecedents on behavioral change. Skinner, however, believed that the consequences following the responses are more critical in determining behavioral changes. Skinner’s well-known experiment involved an ingenious apparatus known as the Skinner box. This box contained a bar (or lever) and a small tray. Outside the box was a hopper holding a supply of food pellets that were dropped into the tray when the bar was pressed under certain conditions. A hungry...

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