Behaviorism: Traditional Teaching & Learning

Behaviorism Concepts:

  • Knowledge is transmitted to learners according to a preplanned program. (objectives)
  • Specific activities are conducted inorder to fullfill those objectives.
  • Learning is shaped by repetition and reinforcement as learners respond to specific stimuli. (conditioned)
  • Learners have no control of their learning.
  • The educator is the center of the event.
  • Evaluation is done individually at the end of the learning event to determine if objectives were met. If objectives are not met then the instructor will repeat the lesson until complete comprehension has occured.

In conclusion:

In behaviorism based classrooms educators have all control. Students must listen to the instructor and follow specific directions. The student's role is very passive; they simply take in the knowledge that is handed to them, rather than discovering their own knowledge.

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