Back to: Learning and Teaching – Unit 2
The behaviorist approach to learning was propounded by B.F.Skinner who states that,
“Learning is a function of change in behaviour.” According to this theory, behaviour is learned through the environment and behaviour results from stimulus response.
Role of a Teacher in Behaviorist Approach
The role of a teacher in behaviorist approach to education are as follows:
- The teacher should note that learning is not new knowledge but acquired new behaviour.
- The teaching environment shapes the behaviour of a learner.
- Teaching is key in engineering the learning environment.
- The teacher should give positive reinforcement to motivate learners.
- Too much negative reinforcement should not be given to the learners while teaching.
- Teachers should motivate and encourage the learners to enjoy and take interest in learning.
- Teachers must always reward positive behaviour in the classroom.
These are some important things teachers must always remember when they are teaching in the classroom according to the behaviorist approach.