WK4 Learning Theories Worksheet




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.

  1. 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.


  1. 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.

  1. Continuous:
  2. Fixed ratio:
  3. Variable ratio:
  4. Fixed interval:
  5. Variable interval:
  6. Extinction:
  7. How would you apply positive and negative reinforcement in the classroom to prepare them for the behavior in the scenario above?


  1. 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.

  1. Summarize the assumptions about human learning and agency that form the basis of social-cognitive theory.


  1. 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.