Psychology for the Classroom: Behaviourism

By John Woollard

© 2010 – Routledge

130 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Psychology for the Classroom: Behaviourism describes and reflects upon the foundations of behaviourism and the proliferation of behaviourist techniques in common practice today. Through examples drawn from research, presentation of theory, description of pedagogy and illustration by vignette, the book informs teachers and allows them to modify their teaching in order to take account of what is now known about the way that carefully planned curriculum and appropriately reinforced behaviours lead to learning. There is a particular emphasis upon the role of the traditional principles of behaviourist learning theory and practice to contemporary issues and strategies in e-learning.

The author has taken a broad sweep of what has been written and promoted to educators in the area of behaviourist theory and practice, and the result is an informative and potentially very useful guide which should be read by all of us who are interested in, or responsible for, planning and encouraging effective teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction The language of behaviourism Post-millennium views of behaviourism The people of behaviourism Refuting the critics of behaviourism The nature of behaviourism Behaviourism is… Summary Activities Chapter 2. Research Research with animals Repetition and rote learning Learning from example Behaviour modification under scrutiny Providing models for behaviour Self-participation in behaviour change The impact of reward and praise Summary Activities Chapter 3. Theory Classical conditioning Stimulus, response and consequence Operant conditioning and schedules of reinforcement Observational learning by modelling behaviour Punishment, impact and alternatives Verbal behaviour and dealing with language Summary Activities Chapter 4. Pedagogy The characteristics of a behaviourist pedagogy Behaviour modification through positive reinforcement Creating a curriculum Enhancing the interventions Avoiding the limitations Reducing unwanted behaviours Summary Activities Chapter 5. Strategies Strategies of a behaviourist teacher House points and the lottery draw Basic skills; basic methods Shaping and modelling in ICT teaching SEAL, sanctuary and self-efficacy Teacher training, social engagement Improving the learning environment Computerisation of the curriculum The challenging class Summary Activities References Index

About the Author

John Woollard is Lecturer in Information Technology Education in the School of Education at the University of Southampton. He has previously taught in both primary and secondary schools. He now researches teaching and learning with computers.

About the Series

Psychology for the Classroom

The Psychology for the Classroom series is written as an invaluable aid for all for trainee and practising teachers who want to better understand the applications of psychology in educational practice. Providing an opportunity to explore key topics in educational psychology and apply them to everyday classroom practice, the series presents complex theory in an accessible and relevant way. Each book follows a set structure introducing the topic, detailing and explaining the history of theoretical thought, and explicitly linking theory to pedagogy and teaching styles. This series forms essential reading for all those responsible for teaching and learning who wish to make informed choices about their own pedagogical approaches.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU009000
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDU029000
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General