The modern theory of preschool education

A spacious classroom with teenage students working in pairs at desks with laptop computers. Learning also takes the modern theory of preschool education in many other settings. Learning theories are conceptual frameworks describing how knowledge is absorbed, processed, and retained during learning.

Behaviorists look at learning as an aspect of conditioning and will advocate a system of rewards and targets in education. How does an individual learn something new when the topic is brand new to that person? The question would then become: How does a computer take in any factual information without previous programming? John Locke offered the “blank slate” theory where humans are born into the world with no innate knowledge. He recognized that something had to be present, however.

This something, to John Locke, seemed to be “mental powers”. Locke viewed these powers as a biological ability the baby is born with, similar to how a baby knows how to biologically function when born. Watson believed the behaviorist view is a purely objective experimental branch of natural science with a goal to predict and control behavior. Methodological behaviorism is based on the theory of only explaining public events, or observable behavior. In behavior analysis, learning is the acquisition of a new behavior through conditioning and social learning. Classical conditioning, where the behavior becomes a reflex response to an antecedent stimulus. Social learning theory, where an observation of behavior is followed by modeling.