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Thorndike on Education[edit]

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Edward Lee "Ted" Thorndike (August 31, 1874 – August 9, 1949) was an American psychologist who spent nearly his entire career at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work on Comparative psychology and the learning process led to the theory of connectionism and helped lay the scientific foundation for modern educational psychology. He also worked on solving industrial problems, such as employee exams and testing. He was a member of the board of the Psychological Corporation and served as president of the American Psychological Association in 1912.[1][2] A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Thorndike as the ninth most cited psychologist of the 20th century.[3] Edward Thorndike had a powerful impact on reinforcement theory and behavior analysis, providing the basic framework for empirical laws in behavior psychology with his Law of Effect. [1]

CCMcgrew (talk) 02:30, 7 July 2015 (UTC)CCMcgrew

I plan to use this talk page to discuss Thorndike's contributing to education and learning theory. I am starting by compiling a list of references that I will be using for my research. While this list is not exhaustive, it is a start.

[1]Beatty, Barbara (1998). "From laws of learning to a science of values: Efficiency and morality in Thorndyke's educational psychology". American Psychologist 53 (10): 1152.

[2]Gray, L. N., & Von Broembsen, M. H. (1976). On the generalizability of the law of effect: Social psychological measurement of group structures and process. Sociometry, 39(3), 175-183.

[3]Adams, M. A. (2000). Reinforcement theory and behavior analysis. Behavioral Developmental Bulletin, 9(1), 3-6.

[4]McKeachie, W. J. (1990). Learning, thinking, and Thorndike. Educational Psycholgist, 25(2), 127-141.


Wrong date of death?[edit]

Two German sources (a Scientific American-book and [1]) state that he died on august, 10. --De.Gerbil (talk) 13:17, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Encyclopedia Britannica and International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences both say Aug 9. Nesbit (talk) 01:58, 14 February 2008 (UTC)
And the right side bar of the article says 7 August. Something is wronge here. TTL2 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 10:18, 10 September 2009 (UTC).

Auxlang research?[edit]

The article History of Interlingua says,

Later that same year [1933], Dr. Edward L. Thorndike published a paper about the relative learning speeds of "natural" and "modular" constructed languages. Both Shenton and Thorndike were major influences on IALA's work from then on.

However, it doesn't give a cite, or any details about the contents of, Thorndike's research or the paper he published on it. Can anyone identify this paper, summarize its contents, and supply a cite (and maybe a correction, if needed) for the History of Interlingua article? More specifically, what "natural" and "modular" conlangs did Thorndike use in his study, what were the native languages of his research subjects, and did he test for active as well as passive fluency in the learned conlangs? --Jim Henry (talk) 14:06, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Active learning?[edit]

Thorndyke should not be associated with active learning (however defined), which is a current phase he never used. All learning theorists and theories accept that animals can learn without instruction, which is obvious. The assertion that students learn better "if left alone" is a quite a different principle and not one that Thorndyke ever asserted. I seek to simply remove that sentence, which adds nothing to the article in addition to being false. Robotczar (talk) 16:46, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Beatty, Barbara (1998). "From laws of learning to a science of values: Efficiency and morality in Thorndyke's educational psychology". American Psychologist. 53 (10): 1152. 
  2. ^ Gray, L.N.; Von Broembsen, M.H. (1976). "On the generalizability of the law of effect: Social psychological measurement of group structures and process". Sociometry. 39 (3): 175–183. 
  3. ^ Adams, M.A. (2000). "Reinforcement theory and behavior analysis". Behavioral Developmental Bulletin. 9 (1): 3–6. 
  4. ^ McKeachie, W.J (1990). "Learning,thinking, and Thorndike". Educational Psychologist. 25 (2): 127–141.