Are theories of learning necessary

Please provide a thoughtful answer to the following question. You may use content from your readings and lectures in your answer. Make sure you use appropriate citations for your sources. The paper should make it clear that you understood the reading material, so be sure to spend an ample amount of time on the paper to ensure that your ideas are clear and well written.

 

Question

 

  1. Are theories of learning necessary?

 

Your answer should include thoughtful comments related to:

  • Different meanings of the term theory [Ch. 6]
  • How theories are constructed in mainstream psychology versus radical behaviorism [Ch. 6],
  • Examples of mechanistic thinking in psychology (possibly relate this to key figures in psychology) and how this relates to different conception of the term theory [Ch. 7, 8],
  • Selection as a causal mode in radical behaviorism [Ch. 5, 8], and
  • The conditions under which theories of learning may (or may not) benefit the field [Ch. 7)]

 

Content Guidelines

  • Your responses must be thoughtful and complete in relation to the requested components of the answer.
  • Your responses should reflect understanding of the reading materials and lecture, should include a critical analysis of the reading and the lecture and the use of examples when appropriate.

 

Technical Requirements

  • Maximum of 5 pages of content
  • Double Spaced
  • Times New Roman 12pt. font (including on headers and footers)
  • APA formatted
  • Include a title page and reference page (not part of the 5-page limit)
  • Note: You do NOT need an abstract for this assignment
  • Do NOT provide your answers in bulleted form. You must write your paper in essay form. You may include a header for each question and answer them separately.

 

Stylistic Requirements

  • Your paper should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Your responses should be well organized and flow logically, and you should use effective transitions across your paragraphs.
  • Note that in addition to the content of your responses, you are being evaluated on your writing style and your ability to effectively communicate your thoughts in written form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rubric

 

Score Content

(10 pts)

Technical Requirements

(5 pts)

Stylistic Requirements

(5 pts)

18-20 The paper included thoughtful and complete responses in relation to the requested components of the answer.

(8-10 out of 10)

Paper followed ALL technical requirements with less than 2 errors.

(5 out of 5)

Writing is organized, flows well, and there are less than 2 grammatical or spelling errors.

(5 out of 5)

11-18 The paper included partially thoughtful and somewhat complete responses in relation to the requested components of the answer.

(5-7 out of 10)

Paper followed ALL technical requirements with less than 5 errors.

(3-4 out of 5)

Writing is not organized, does not flow well, and/or there are less than 5 grammatical or spelling errors

(3-4 out of 5)

0-10 The paper included responses that were not thoughtful and were incomplete in relation to the requested components of the answer.

(0-4 out of 10)

Paper included more than 5 errors related to technical requirements.

(0-2 out of 5)

Writing is not organized, does not flow well, and/or there are more than 5 grammatical or spelling errors

(0-2 out of 5)