Connectionism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples


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Thorndike's conception of connectionism asserts that:

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1. If a student notes a connection between how much they practice kicking a ball and how well they play soccer, then what have they formed?

2. Linda did not put in enough time to memorize her character's script for the school play rehearsal. As a result, her teacher gave the part to another student. Linda learns not to repeat the action if she wants to have a major role in future plays. Which of the following explains this outcome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several terms and laws to know when studying the philosophy of connectionism in education. This quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of them as well as the ideas associated with them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions, names, and terms of:

  • The founder of connectionism
  • The connection between a stimulus and response
  • Idea that a stronger S-R bond is created when a person is ready to learn

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the connection between a stimulus and response
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of connectionism
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the various laws

Additional Learning

To learn more about connectionism, review the accompanying lesson on connectionism in education. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define connectionism
  • Define stimulus and response
  • Know who Edward Thorndike was and understand his contribution to connectionism
  • Understand the law of effect
  • Define S-R bond
  • Understand the law of exercise
  • Understand the law of readiness