Psychology of learning



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Laws of Learning
Based on Trial and Error Learning Theory, Thorndike gave certain laws of Learning. We shall discuss three fundamental Laws of Learning in this section. These laws are

1. Law of Readiness
This law refers to the fact that learning takes place only when the learner is prepared to learn. No amount of efforts can make the child learn if the child is not ready to learn. The dictum that you can lead a horse to the pond but you can’t make it drink water unless it feels thirsty goes very well with this law. In other words, if the child is ready to learn, he/she learns more quickly, effectively and with greater satisfaction than if he/she is not ready to learn. In the words of Thorndike the three stages of this Law of Readiness are :

Fora conduction unit ready to conduct, to conduct is satisfying.

Fora conduction unit ready to conduct, not to conduct is annoying.

Fora conduction unit not ready to conduct, to conduct is annoying. Thus, the Law of Readiness means mental preparation for action. It is not to force the child to learn if he is not ready. Learning failures are the result of forcing the learner to learn when he is not ready to learn something.




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