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Class Description: Learning Objectives: 1. To introduce current and future pet dog instructors to the basic concepts of classical and operant conditioning. 2. To provide a refresher course for those already familiar with the concepts so that, as an instructor, you can use the terms properly in appropriate situations. 3. To provide instructors with ideas on how to give clear and simple explanations of complex concepts to their students. Class Syllabus I. Why should you care about learning theories? It’s the foundation of everything you do! As an instructor you need to understand what you’re doing and why it works or doesn’t work. In order to problem solve you need to be very clear on the differences in each type of learning so you focus on the appropriate approach. You can’t replicate success if you don’t understand how learning works. You can develop better ways to teach and train. You will have a common language for communication with other professionals. II. Two main theories: classical and operant conditioning What is learning? What is a theory? Emotions and behaviors/How you FEEL and what you DO Interconnections and differences ABCs of behavior Behaviors always occur in a context III. Classical conditioning Pavlovian or respondent conditioning Stimulus response associations What happened before? Conditioned and unconditioned stimuli and responses How does that make you feel? IV. Operant conditioning Skinnerian or instrumental conditioning Behavior consequence relationships What happens after? What are quadrants and why do they matter? Reinforcement Punishment Positive Negative V. What do your students need to know about all this? Just the basics! Use the correct terminology when appropriate but in general ... Keep terminology and details to a minimum Students want to know what to do first, then why it works (maybe) later Certain students will want to know more. We LOVE those students! They are likely to go on to become instructors themselves.
Sponsor:Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Speaker(s):Deborah Jones, Ph.D.