Using the guidelines below, analyze an example of punishment. Use
an example based on your personal observations; choose an example
in which punishment was used to control a student's (or a child's)
What consequence was used in your "case"? Classify the
consequencewhat type of punishment was used? Explain any
operant-conditioning terms used in your answer.
Explain why the punisher might have chosen the form of punishment
used. Evaluate the effectiveness of the punishment, including any
unintentional effect on the learner.
Suggest an alternative to punishment that could be used in a
situation like the one in your example. Identify any consequences or
techniques used in your alternate solution. Identify at least one
drawback or pitfall that might be encountered in implementing your
Davis Brookline is the newly appointed chair of the history department at Cool Ridge
High School, which is a large, underfunded, urban school. On the first day of the new
academic year, Davis meets with his 10 history colleagues. Some of them are seasoned
teachers, some are new to the district, and some are new to teaching. "We're going to do
things differently this year, people," he tells his colleagues. "Over the summer, I
attended a workshop about taking the classroom back from students. We talked about
teachers' rights, teacher control, and assertive and firm discipline. Things have gotten
out of control here at Cool Ridgestudents have too much powerand I intend to regain
One of Davis Brookline's colleagues asks, "What do you mean you intend to regain
control? You sound a little like a drill sergeant, Davis."
"Exactly!" stated Davis. "This history department is going to be tough. Students will