B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education


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Why was B.F. Skinner so focused on observing people's behaviors?

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1. According to Skinner, learning entails the student _____.

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of an outward sign of learning?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and accompanying worksheet gauge your understanding of the theories of B.F. Skinner as they relate to learning behavior and education. You'll be quizzed on Skinner's definitions of learning, behavior modification and how people learn.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Who B.F. Skinner was
  • Skinner's definition of learning
  • Skinner's theory on how people learn
  • Where Skinner's theories are most effective
  • The term for a program meant to change someone's behavior

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important application from the related lesson on B.F. Skinner's contribution to education
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about B.F. Skinner's theories in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the main phrases, such as learning and behavior modification
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as striving for positive things and avoiding negative things

Additional Learning

To learn more about B.F. Skinner, review the short lesson on B.F. Skinner's contributions to education. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know who B.F. Skinner was
  • Investigate Skinner's behavior modification theories
  • Learn how Skinner's theories can be applied to learning
  • Describe instances where Skinner's theories work and do not work