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About this Course
About the Course
This course, by Dr Cathal O’Siochru (Liverpool Hope University), explores behaviourist learning theories in the context of growth and development. In the first module, we think about what learning and development is and how it relates to behaviourism. In the second module, we think about classical conditioning as the original behaviourist theory. In the third module, we think about operant conditioning, which was the focus of much of B. F. Skinner’s research. Next, we think about learning through observation, with a specific note toward Bandura’s ‘bobo doll experiments’ in the 1960’s. In the fifth and final module, we think about self-efficacy and the role it plays in all forms of behavioural reproduction.
About the Lecturer
Dr Cathal O’Siochru is a senior lecturer in education studies at Liverpool Hope University and has a background in psychology, research methods and education. Dr O’Siochru’s research interests include the psychology of education, epistemological and pedagogical beliefs, and assessment practices. Dr O’Siochru’s recent research includes Action learning: how can it contribute to a collaborative process of pedagogical action research? (2020) and Academic perspectives of metrics: Procedural justice as a key factor in evaluations of fairness (2019).