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B.F. Skinner Theory: give a brief description of the theory as it relates to motor development and growth; and identify important milestones involved, implications of the theory on early childhood education, and one additional fact related to motor development that will help others better understand the theory.

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In 1938 B.F. Skinner created the term operant conditioning. It is a behaviorist theory of development; operant conditioning refers to the process of changing behavior by the using reinforcements; these reinforcements are administered after the desired response. He identified three operants:
-Neutral operants: responses from the environment that neither increase nor decrease the probability of a behavior being repeated.
-Reinforcers: Responses from the environment that increase the probability of a behavior being repeated. Reinforcers can be either positive or negative.
-Punishers: Response from the environment that decrease the likelihood of a behavior being repeated. Punishment weakens behavior. (McLeod, 2007)

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