The principle of effect is that learning is strengthened when accompanied by a pleasant or satisfying feeling — and that learning is weakened when associated with an unpleasant feeling. The learner will strive to continue learning as long as it provides a pleasant effect. Positive reinforcement is more likely to lead to success and motivate the learner — so as a health educator you should recognise this feature and tell your audience how well they are doing.

One of the important obligations of the health educator is to set up the learning situation in such a manner that each person being taught will be able to see evidence of their own progress and achieve some degree of success.

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