Ch 7: Behavioral Theories Affecting Education

About This Chapter

Study the behavioral theories that affect education in this resourceful and engaging study guide chapter. Expert instructors describe key theories and their application in the classroom.

Behavioral Theories Affecting Education - Chapter Summary

Most instructional strategies have a basis in cognitive development and/or behavioral theories. In this useful study guide chapter, you'll explore some of the foundational behavioral theories that influence educational instruction today. By the end of this chapter, you'll have a better understanding of:

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • Thorndike's research on the Law of Effect
  • John Watson's theory of behaviorism
  • How B.F. Skinner's behavioral learning theories impact education
  • The eight stages of psychosocial development as defined by Erik Erikson

The information in each lesson is presented in an easy-to-follow yet insightful format so you stay interested while also retaining the information. Assess how well you understand the concepts in each section by taking the brief multiple-choice lesson quizzes, and then the more comprehensive chapter exam. You can also utilize the printable quiz worksheets and transcripts for video lessons as offline study material or as a reference while viewing the lessons.

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: Behavioral Theories Affecting Education
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

1. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Why is it that when some of our needs aren't met, it's almost impossible to concentrate on other ones? Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career looking for these answers. Watch this lesson to learn about some of his most important conclusions.

Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect

2. Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect

How can outside forces change the way we behave? Why are people's actions shaped by rewards, such as money or good grades, or punishments, such as losing money or feeling pain? This lesson is an introduction to the famous psychologist Thorndike and his foundational research on why consequences of behavior, such as rewards or punishments, affect our future choices.

John Watson and Behaviorism: Theory & Experiment

3. John Watson and Behaviorism: Theory & Experiment

John B. Watson was a pioneering figure in the development of the psychological school of behaviorism. Learn how the discipline of behaviorism started and how it has profoundly changed the way we live our lives in the modern era.

B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

4. B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

What does candy have to do with learning and behavior? In this lesson, we'll examine the theories of psychologist B.F. Skinner, including behavioral modification and educational applications of his behavioral learning theories.

Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development: Conflicts & Growth

5. Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development: Conflicts & Growth

Erikson identified eight stages of psychosocial development, with each stage presenting a conflict that must be overcome. This lesson will discuss the conflict and growth associated with each stage of development.

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