Classical Conditioning Vs Operant Conditioning

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It is the opposite of reinforcement. It sometimes was easy for me in research to mistake punishment for negative reinforcement. Skinner also introduced behavior modification which are techniques that are based on his operant conditioning theories. The main idea is that a person's behavior can be changed by making changes in their environment. He devised a very complicated strategy that includes behavior shaping and other methods. Operant conditioning has been applied in many settings including educational. This type of conditioning can be adjusted to generate new forms of behavior by shaping successive approximation (Skinner’s early research: From reflexology to operant conditioning.) You can see this in educational settings in simple yet…show more content…
One of them is the idea of expectations. If a rat were to hear a tone and then feel an electric current and make that association then they may also use the tone to create an expectation of the current. Expectations are not part of the learning theorists set of rules. Classical conditioning also runs dependently on timing. A specific timing schedule for each step of the process is needed to ensure the process is effective. Too much or too little time can reduce the association of the stimuli sabotaging the process. Critics of operant conditioning challenge that it does not result in lasting behavior change. For example, students in a well behaved class may misbehave all day if there is a substitute. Their regular teacher is not there to follow their learned behavior reinforcement schedule. I see that this follows the logic that the subjects don’t actually learn to value the behaviors themselves but the…show more content…
This is reinforcement at the most basic level of edibles. The instructors each have a tackle box with small compartments full of items that any given child might respond to. M&M’s, skittles, sour candies, goldfish crackers, and more. The students are consistently reinforced for behaviors that are moving toward their goals. This is broken down into very small steps. If a student is asked to step away from the table and walk to circle time and the student simply steps back from the table they are given a reinforcer, they take two steps toward circle time, another reinforcer, they walk all the way to circle time and sit down, another. This is repeated throughout their day by their one on one teacher. As this student “learns” the reinforcement routine and becomes more comfortable the reinforcement times get farther and farther apart. The steps are charted for regression and progress. This conditioning does work. It is a demonstrative way to show progress to parents and is an observable behavior change which is what they are looking to document in education. While I have seen proof and progress that conditioning moves children to more of a “typically developing” behavior, I see problems in the way this conditioning is being applied. First of all when using this technique you are depending on a few details. This conditioning is based on satiation of the student. If they are not hungry or are not interested in edible

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