Essay about Systematic Theology

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Writing Assignment 1: Learning Theory Systems

Liberty University Theological Seminary

A paper Presented to
Dr. Jim Zabloski
In partial fulfillment for the course:
Ministry of Teaching
DSMN 601

Watson Rugano

October 25, 2012
Yount Learning Theory Systems. To fully grasp and appreciate the learning theories suggested by William Yount, it is imperative that we discuss some of the key issues he highlights. The four theories are, traditional behavioral learning, social behavioral learning, cognitive I & II learning and humanistic learning theories. Although the materials covering those theories are enormous, this paper will only offer brief understanding of the said theories, assessing their strengths and
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First, the strengthening of good behavior through reinforcement became possible. Second, the use of positive and negative reinforcement “increases the probability of the desired (positive) behavior.” Third, weakening bad behavior through punishment discourages improper behavior from occurring. The only shortcoming with Skinner’s method lies in the fact that teachers are hardly trained on how to effectively employ operant principles. The second learning theory is called Social Behavioral Learning, promoted by Albert Bandura. His learning theory abandoned the traditional behaviorism in three ways namely, direct reinforcement of the observer is not necessary for learning to occur, social learning theory integrates cognitive process into its behavioral view and he sees behavioral learning as an interaction between learners and environment. The key components in Bandura’s theory lie in the concept of modeling and imitation which occurs when people are together. It is in such places that people observe one another. So whenever people “assemble together in church meeting, at a party, or formal dinner, observational principles are at work.” In the age of social media where people “meet” online, the power of observation is limited. And although Bandura sees teachers as effective models in teaching, the revolution of

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