THORNDIKE’S CONNECTIONISM THEORY
The learning theory of Thorndike represent the original S-R framework of behavioral psychology : Learning is the result of associations forming between stimuli and responses. This is means when people get an education it can perform a good result or responses. Such associations or “habits” become strengthened or weakened by the nature and frequency of the S-R (stimulus-response) pairings.
THE LAW OF EFFECT
The law of effect stated that those behavioral responses that were most closely followed by a satisfying result were most likely to become established patterns and to occur again in response to the same stimulus. Besides that, others meaning Law of Effect is that responses which occur just prior to a satisfying state of affairs are more likely to be repeated, and responses just prior to an annoying state of affairs are more likely NOT to be repeated. Thorndike’s believed intelligent should be define solely in terms of greater or lesser ability to form connection.This law deals with ensuring the learning experience is a positive one.
For example,according to the law of effect, you should give children problem like solving tasks that they can solve by trial-and-error, and reward success. The law of multiple responses suggests that you should also encourage children who cannot find a solution to “try another way”.
On the other hand, the law of effect is actually about learner’s encouragement.It is undeniable that learning happens only when the learner feels satisfied and is rewarded for his knowledge. To become a developer, we need to add a few elements to your course such as confidence, credibility, trust and interest. Last but not least, give feedback or rewards on the learners’ performance which in turn keep up their motivation levels. It is like to give motivation on their performance.
Thorndike’s actually have many law of learning and their significance to E-learning which is, law of readiness, law of exercise, law of primacy, law of recency and law of intensity.