Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Behavioralism in Today's Classroom

The behavior learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn thereby helping us understand the inherently complex process of learning. (James, 1999) Learning theories have two chief values. One is in providing us with vocabulary and a conceptual framework for interpreting the examples of learning that we observe. The other is in suggesting where to look for solutions to practical problems. (James, 1992) The theories do not give us solutions, but they do direct our attention to those variables that are crucial in finding solutions.
The role this theory plays in the classroom is by giving the teacher a guide and different portals to relay the vocabulary and framework to the student. With the theory being used as a guideline teacher integrate different types of technology in their instruction to follow the theory. Different ways they integrate technology with regards to the theory is, for vocabulary have students use Spelling City ( to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes. Spelling City is a free resource for teachers/students. Also, teachers can create a game show for their students to participate in as a review for an upcoming assessment.

1 comment:

  1. Byron, your post brings relevance to an effective way in which Behaviorism can be used in the 21st century. Although some intelligences are more developed than others, experiences that address diverse learning styles will provide more meaningful connections. (Lever-Duffy & McDonald, 2008) Educational technology, along with the aforementioned research would benefit both educators and students. Technology provides instant motivation and elaborative experiences that allow students to make connections through familiar experiences of everyday technologies uses outside of the classroom. Homework, in addition to online lessons, computer labs, blogs, and other multimedia presentations provide diverse learning styles that foster multiple intelligences as well as equip our students with problem-solving, analytical and life skill needed productive citizens who are capable of competing in an 21st century world.


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