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How did behaviorism become such a dominant theoretical basis for education and training in the United States?

How did behaviorism become such a dominant theoretical basis for education and training in the United States? What is changing in the way we think about people and their learning?

The scientific or positivist philosophy of education argues that knowledge can be discovered and constructed scientifically. Positivists assume that we can discover the "truth" about the world, and that everyone needs to work toward knowledge of the same, ultimate truth, regardless of the topic or field of study. In what ways does behaviorist theory support this philosophy?

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How did behaviorism become such a dominant theoretical basis for education and training in the United States? What is changing in the way we think about people and their learning?

It became dominant because of the reality that human beings do learn behavior by their interaction within their environments. Babies learn how to behave in their culture from their parents and children develop behavior that is conducive to their upbringing. Therefore, when Watson introduced his theory of behaviorism, also known as behavioral psychology, a theory of ...

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