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Research on B.F. Skinner, his Theory, and Today's Family

Research on one of these theorists: Either B.F. Skinner, Jean Piaget or Ivan Pavlov. Study the theory and the theorists and write a paper which reflects your understanding of what the theory is based on. Please discuss how the theory can be implemented in the field of Human Development and in working with children and their families. In your research, look for who the researcher is, what was their work all about, why did they choose to study in this field, and what was the main source of motivation to complete their research.... What was the theory they worked on, and how is that applicable to working with children and families now?

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"Skinner started his career as an English major, writing poems and short stories. He has, of course, written a large number of papers and books on behaviorism. But he will probably be most remembered by the general run of readers for his book Walden II, wherein he describes a utopia-like commune run on his operant principles.

People, especially the religious right, came down hard on his book. They said that his ideas take away our freedom and dignity as human beings. He responded to the sea of criticism with another book (one of his best) called Beyond Freedom and Dignity. He asked: What do we mean when we say we want to be free? Usually we mean we don't want to be in a society that punishes us for doing what we want to do. Okay -- aversive stimuli don't work well anyway, so out with them! Instead, we'll only use reinforcers to "control" society. And if we pick the right reinforcers, we will feel ...

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Below is a research on B.F. Skinner and his theory on Operant Conditioning. Discussed is how the theory can be implemented in the field of Human Development and in working with children and their families.

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