Learning Theories Worksheet
Part I: Behavioral Conditioning
Imagine that you are a camp counselor or substitute teacher who is responsible for teaching a group of first-grade children. Respond to the following prompts in complete sentences in approximately 265–440 words.
- Explain how classical conditioning works differently than operant conditioning. Include an example of classical conditioning that happens at home that could influence a student’s behavior at camp or in the classroom.
- The “Classical and Operant Conditioning” video from the University Library describes several types of behavioral reinforcement. Each type of reinforcement has a different level of effectiveness. Describe how effective each type of reinforcement would be in this scenario:
When the children receive your signal, they will need to be prepared to stop what they’re doing, then listen for directions before moving to the next task.
- Fixed ratio:
- Variable ratio:
- Fixed interval:
- Variable interval:
- How would you apply positive and negative reinforcement in the classroom to prepare them for the behavior in the scenario above?
- Explain the type of reinforcement that would be the most effective to sustain the desired behavior in the scenario from question #2.
Part II: Social-Cognitive Learning
Respond to the following prompts in complete sentences in approximately 175–260 words.
- Summarize the assumptions about human learning and agency that form the basis of social-cognitive theory.
- Explain how you can apply social-cognitive learning theory to your own behavior to become more proactive in improving your self-efficacy and self-regulation skills as you pursue your college education and career path.