B.F. Skinner and the Teaching Machine

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-90) is certainly one of the most prominent names in psychology, behaviorism, social philosophy and his work has significantly influenced education. By his own accounts, his interest in education came from a visit he made to his daughter’s 4th grade class. After listening to a mathematics lesson he was in disbelief that the techniques used to teach children completely refuted all known theories and facts about human learning processes. In his view, those techniques did not work because praise and punishment are believed to only generate artificial motivation and do not create genuine interest in what is to be learned. In the above video, “taken from a […]

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