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roles of conditioning, reinforcement, and punishment

Evaluate the roles of conditioning, reinforcement, and punishment in the learning process using findings historic and current research studies.

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As you overview how conditioning plays a major role in learning, you might discuss how chapter 13 emphasizes that classical conditioning is "a form of learning in which an unimportant stimulus acquires the properties of an important one. It involves an association between two stimuli. A stimulus that previously had little effect on behavior becomes able to evoke a reflexive, species-typical behavior."

The impact of this premise on learning is pivotal. As a classroom teacher, for example, I build rewards and incentives into my lessons in order to utilize this element.

Research also correlates conditioning and learning since "The most common examples of classical conditioning seen in the educational environment are in situations where students exhibit phobias and anxieties, like math anxiety, fear of failure, and general school phobia. It is not easy (but it's important!) for teachers to try to create a consistent, positive classroom climate where students experience more success ...

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The effects of the roles of conditioning, reinforcement, and punishment on the learning process are briefly summarized.