Radical Behaviorists Essay

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Assignment #1: Radical Behaviorist Critique

EDU501001VA016-1128-001 Learning Theories (K-12)

Instructor: Kelly Walton

November 3, 2012

Describe a learning outcome and a radical behaviorist approach to achieving that outcome

“Learning outcomes are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of a learning activity. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, or attitudes. Learning outcomes should flow from a needs assessment. The needs assessment should determine the gap between an existing condition and a desired condition. Learning outcomes are statements which described a desired condition – that is, the
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As far as the sensory experiences, students will play a game that involves all the materials necessary to build an ark. The students will feel all of the wood, the different animals, the water, and even the dirt to get an understanding of how all of the materials were assembled to build the ark. The students need to get an understanding of the size of the ark, the amount of animals, and how the actual ark works on the water. In the behaviorist approach, there is little time given to the experiences of the senses.

Critique the radical behaviorist approach from the perspective of meaningful learning and schema theory.

“Types of learning that Ausubel examined include: reception learning vs. discovery learning and the rote learning processes, such as memorization. However, to make these types of learning meaningful, three things must occur: The learner must employ a meaningful earning set to any learning task. The material to be learned must be potentially meaningful. The most important condition for meaningful learning is what learners already know and how that knowledge relates to what they are asked to learn. … a schema is a data structure for representing the generic concepts stored in memory. And, within schema, there are pieces known as schematas
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