ERIC Number: ED104819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Behavioral Approach in Defining and Teaching Educational Psychology.
Dolly, John P.
Behaviorists define the purpose of educational psychology as that of teaching teachers to predict, control, and modify classroom behavior. This conceptualization is contrasted with the approach which views educational psychology as a comprehensive content area emphasizing information rather than skills. A basic distinction between behaviorists and nonbehaviorists can be traced back to the question of whether the role of education and teachers is to instruct and teach skills (behaviorist view), or to be concerned with the development of interpersonal relationships and positive self-concepts (nonbehaviorist view). Much criticism voiced against the behaviorist approach is based on misinformation. Some misconceptions are: (a) that behaviorist approaches are designed for dealing only with deviant behavior; (b) that we cannot discover specific types of teacher behaviors that will lead to certain student outcomes; and (c) that behaviorists teach only Skinnerian and operant procedures. Misconceptions also exist concerning educational psychology courses. Such courses should avoid subject areas which will not aid in facilitating behavioral change. Rather than trying to cover everything, teachers should concentrate on teaching skills students will need later as teachers. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., April 1975)