The educational implications of Skinner’s operant conditioning theory are as follows.
- Used for Shaping Children’s Behaviour: The operant conditioning theory can be used in the classroom to shape the behaviour of children through the use of rewards or reinforcement.
- Eliminates Negative Behaviour: The operant conditioning theory involves the use of negative reinforcement which strengthens behavior by eliminating unpleasant behaviour.
- Reinforcement: The operant conditioning theory includes positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement which can be used to shape the behaviour of children.
- Removes Unwanted Behaviour: The operant conditioning theory helps in removing the unwanted behaviour of children such as demotivation towards learning, tardiness, and the like.
- Motivated Learners: The use of reinforcement in the form of rewards motivates children to keep learning and perform better.
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