The Skinnerization* of Teachers
|Teaching like it has been done for millennia|
*DEFINITION of Skinnerize:
The process by which students, teachers, principals, administrators, etc. - and anyone else for that matter - conform to B.F. Skinner's model, methods, goals, process and system. To become Skinnerized means one has adapted themselves, willingly or through compulsion, to the entire modus operendi of B.F. Skinner and his subsequent behavioral clones and change agents.
Related terms: Skinnerization, Skinnerizing.
|Creative joyful teaching means enthusiastic learners|
The principal expects specific behavior from particular teachers which should then translate into achievement by the students of these teachers; because of these varied expectations, the principal behaves differently toward different teachers; i.e., body language, verbal interactions and resource allocations. This treatment also influences the attitudes of the teacher toward the principal and their perception of the future utility of any increased effort toward student achievement. If this treatment is consistent over time, and if the teachers do not resist change, it will shape their behavior and through it the achievement of their students….
|The oppressive Skinnerian classroom|
With time teachers’ behavior, self-concepts of ability, perceptions of future utility, attitude toward the principal and students’ achievement will conform more and more closely to the behavior originally expected of them.
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