Ritically evaluate the notion that behavioural theory has contributed more than any other perspective to our understanding of how children learn

This is a assignment for a degree therefore should be written at this standard. Please insure that it is written in good standard English.Critically evaluatemeans pretty much what it says & requires you to evaluate, say an essay, in a critical way.

In order to evaluate a thing you must first say what it is. So begin by setting out the principal points of the theory under investigation. For this part of the exercise you can assume that the theory is fully correct & has no holes in it.

After you have explained the theory, you must criticise it. At this point you must probe the theory for weaknesses by trying to find all the ways in which it might be false. Some of the questions you might ask are:
(1) Is it logically valid.
(2) Is it internally consistent.
(3) Does it cohere with what we know of the wider world.
(4) Has it ever been applied in practise.
(5) If Yes”, what were the results. If No”, does it have any practical applications.
the beginning of the question says critically evaluate so first critically evaluate the behaviourist theory. Advantages and disadvantages look at both sides and also include the behaviourist theory such as skinners and banduras behaviourist theory. After this you need to include the different approaches to learning which are Neuroscientific, behaviourist cognitive processing, constructivist, social constructivist

Referencing Requirements:
Please use appropriate references from books, websites and journals.

Added on 02.12.2014 19:12
CYP6012: The Psychology of Education
Assignment for Semester 1 i?? 2014/15
2 December, 2014

The following is a brief outline of main points based on the more detailed points for consideration communicated during Tutorial 1 on Tuesday 2 December. A second tutorial will take place on Tuesday 9 December. It would be helpful if the second tutorial involved dealing with questions arising from preparation for the assignment.

Choose ONE of the following titles: 1, 2 or 3.

1. Critically evaluate the notion that behavioural theory has contributed more than any other perspective to our understanding of how children learn.

i?? Address the question directly.
i?? Define terms in the question in the introduction.
i?? Set out the main points to be developed in the introduction.
i?? Take account of different perspectives: neuroscientific; constructivist; and cognitivist; as well as behavioural theory.
i?? Develop by outlining the main aspects of behavioural theory.
i?? Credit will be given for demonstration of knowledge of original work such as: Watson (1928); Thorndike 1898;1901 (laws dealt with in Woollard 2010); Pavlov (1927); Skinner (1953).
i?? Consider importance of the basic principles of behavioural theory.
i?? Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of classical and operant conditioning in relation to the question.
i?? Consider the contribution of behavioural theory to the management of behaviour.
i?? Examine the role of social learning theory. See e.g. Woollard 2010.
i?? Compare constructivist ideas in Pritchard and Woollard (2010) and Smith et al. (2011), in terms of our understanding of knowledge and explanations of learning.
i?? Consider social context and its significance in relation to behavioural views.
i?? There is scope for discussion of Vygotskian and neo-Vygotskian ideas.
i?? Similarly with the cognitive perspective, compare the information processing model which concentrates on attention and memory, with behavioural theory.
i?? Consider explanations of individual differences in intelligence and motivation in the light of generalised approaches such as behaviourism.
i?? Outline the main strengths and weaknesses of the contribution of behavioural theory to our understanding of how children learn, as covered in the essay, in the conclusion.