Unit 3 Discussion 2: Learning Theories
Consider the theories of learning you've been studying in this unit. How might we apply those principles to improve our everyday lives, or even the society as a whole? Choose one of the following questions as the basis for your initial post.
- Imagine a situation in which you have to teach a skill or concept to a person or animal. Describe the teaching process in reflection of a theory in learning (operant conditioning, classical conditioning, observational learning, etc.). What techniques from these learning theories might you use to most effectively train someone to master a new skill or behavior?
- Is punishment ever a useful training technique? What are the arguments against using punishment? How might punishment be used effectively without harming the individual?
- Based on what you read about aggression arising from violence in videos, do you think violent behaviors should be banned from entertainment media? What other examples can you think of where exposure to behavior in media might affect the behavior of those watching?
As you respond, refer to the specific learning theories on which you are basing your answer. It is not required to use sources, but if you do refer to research, you should cite it in your post.