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Law and Effect

Law and Effect - Lauren Gurican Thorndike’s Law and...

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Unformatted text preview: Lauren Gurican Thorndike’s Law and Effect Children learn through information they obtain in many ways; practice, examples, and consequences are three basic principles by which we can agree children learn by. Thorndike’s theory of “law and effect” incorporates a little of all three, but focuses on practice and the idea of rewards and consequences. His theory is based upon the idea that children learn and remember things through the rewards and consequences they associate with an experience. Further more he argues that positive consequences, as opposed to negative, are more powerful and effective because they seem to be more memorable. More simply, if a behavior is rewarded positively, that behavior is more likely to be repeated. So the best way to obtain a desired behavior from a child (or any other person for that matter) is by following a simple process… First, you must clearly identify the behavior that is desired. Most people focus on the negative or “bad” behavior, whatever it is that they want stopped, but that does not make clear...
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