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Classroom Management Theorists and Theories/Burrhus Frederic Skinner
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|1 Implementation of Skinner's Theories |
|2 Critique of Skinner's Theories |
|3 Questions for Consideration |
|4 References |
 Implementation of Skinner's Theories
Skinner's theories have been implemented in school systems in a variety of ways. Teachers and parents alike rewarded students for good behavior long before Skinner's theories were developed. However, many behavior management systems used in today's schools are directly influenced by his work. Skinner advocated for immediate praise, feedback, and/or reward when seeking to change troublesome or encourage correct behavior in the classroom. Teachers seeking to implement a reinforcement system in their classroom should use strategies such as a "token economy" to reward students immediately for behaviors that they are reinforcing. Skinner also advocated for teacher identification of and reflection on the environmental effects on student behavior. Formalized strategies that focus on the identification of "triggers" of student behavior are influenced by Skinner's work. One example of a formalized system that makes use of Skinner's research is the Crisis Prevention Institute (see www.crisisprevention.com for details).
For a tutorial in behavioral interventions based upon Skinner's theories of reinforcing positive behaviors see: http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/bi2/chalcycle.htm
Elementary Implementation of Skinner's Theories
In order to apply Skinner's theories in your own elementary classroom, you...
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