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Case Study: Ms. Bosco's Class
Theories about behavior modification include social learning theory, classical conditioning, and operant conditioning. For this task, first, read the articles and watch the videos below on each of these theories:
- Bandura - Social Learning Theory: http://www.simplypsychology.org/bandura.html
- Bobo Doll Experiment (Bandura) [Video file]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqNaLerMNOE
- Classical Conditioning: http://www.simplypsychology.org/classical-conditioning.html
- Skinner - Operant Conditioning: http://www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html
- Overview of Operant Conditioning [Video file]: http://video.about.com/psychology/Overview-of-Operant-Conditioning.htm

Then, review the case study of Ms. Bosco's class, Level A- Case 1 in "Norms & Expectations:" http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ICS-003.pdf

How might you increase Ron's understanding and commitment to the established classroom norms and procedures, beginning with the morning routine? Think about the three behavior theories (social learning theory, classical conditioning, and operant conditioning). Which theory might best fit this situation for behavior modification? Why?

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The theories about behavior modification which includes social learning theories are examined.

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Skinners (1957) learning theory would be the best theoretical perspective to adjust a student's behavior to that of a morning routine. According to Skinner's behavioral theory of human learning, he supports the belief that humans are shaped entirely by their external surroundings. When this is the case, the student's environment can be altered simply by changing the environment to alter the students feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

The examples Skinner used were to demonstrate conditioning of the mind. Conditioning is referred to as consistency, repetition, repeating an act till the act continues to receive the desired outcome. The same thing being applied daily is not associated with an accompanied response. In principle and practice it is possible for students to learn cause and effect.

Additionally, Skinner developed the idea of shaping. ...

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