Behavioral Learning Child Development Observation

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Introduction Theories of child development can be tied to particular philosophical groundings of the major schools of psychology. This paper will provide the basis for the application of behavioral learning theory to an observation of three children in a natural context. A discussion of the rationale for choosing behavioral learning theory over cognitive, contextual, psychodynamic, or social-cognitive learning precedes the explication of behavioral learning theory. As summary of notes and conclusions regarding the observation is provided following the theoretical discussions. Behavioral learning. John B. Watson did much of the seminal work on the behavioral model of child development. One of the most enduring of Watson's contributions was the introduction of empirical research approaches albeit based on the natural sciences that relied on observation and measurement of children's behavior. B.F. Skinner based his version of behaviorism on the observational aspect of Watson's work but he diverged from Watson's theories with his radical behaviorism, which held scientists could only be confident of that which was measurable and observable in science. Skinner did not hold to the idea of theories of mind. In other words, Skinner was skeptical of science that made claims about understanding mental states since he regarded all behavior as deterministic. From Skinner, the field of psychology would receive experimental analysis of behavior, which later evolved into applied
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