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Operant Conditioning

As a teacher, I have the choice to reinforce (for example, with good grades) students who do what they’re supposed to do or punish (for example, with late penalties and zeroes) behavior that I do not want to see in a classroom. I can choose to give praise or words of derision. You face these same challenges on a daily basis – as parents, in the military, in your careers – to name a few.

In a 500 word minimum essay (in APA format)

Define positive reinforcement
Define negative reinforcement
Define punishment
Show how you have applied and/or discuss how you will apply these choices to your daily life.
Please also share your experiences regarding each one’s effectiveness in various situations.
Finally, share something that you learned from Chapter Five that might change the way that you handle certain situations or that supports the way that you currently handle these situations.

Your assignment should use terms/references directly from the chapter, and all extra outside research must be properly cited.

Please note: Negative reinforcement is not the same as punishment, and to get a clearer idea of what negative reinforcement means, you might want to review this week’s lecture on this subject.

Please be sure to paraphrase (put into your own words) the information that you use from our textbook and/or other outside sources unless directly quoting with quotation marks. Direct quotations (word-for-word excerpts with quotation marks) should only comprise at most 10 – 15% of your writing. If the information is not put into your own words or quotation marks are not used, then the writing is considered plagiarized, which is a serious infraction with any university. I will not accept assignments that have not followed the directions listed in this paragraph!!!


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