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Learning Theories of Development

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Learning Objectives

In this lesson, you will learn to:
  • Summarize the history of learning theory.
  • Describe the three major learning theories.
  • Explain the differences between classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning.

What is Learning Theory?

During the early part of the twentieth-century, a number of psychologists became increasingly interested in turning psychology into a more scientific endeavor. To be more scientific, they argued, psychology needed to study only those things that could be measured and quantified.

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