B. F. Skinner built on the classic behavioristic principles to develop his theory on human behavior. His theory has since been expanded and applied in many practical areas.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 20, 2018, 11:51 am ad1c9bdddf
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First off, as you briefly discuss contemporary (modern day) applications of Skinner's ideas of reinforcement learning in education, many classroom management techniques utilize his theories. For example, I worked with at risk teens for 14 years. One simple rule that we had to reinforce and build rapport with them was to offer compliments, affirmations, or encouragement in a ratio of five compliments for every one redirect as a general technique for modifying undesirable behaviors effectively and humanely.
To illustrate, one article talks about the use of a check in/check out (CICO) as a positive behavioral intervention and support for students with an intellectual disability. It articulates the value of teaching positive social behaviors and formulating reciprocal relationships from an early age:
Boden, L. J., Ennis, R. P., & Jolivette, K. (2012). Implementing Check in/Check out for Students With Intellectual ...
300 words of personal ideas and references are listed to express Skinner's legacy and current applications of his ideas of reinforcement learning in education.