Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #454
International Paper Session - Training Methods and Research Internationally
Monday, May 26, 2008
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
Area: TBA
Chair: Javier Virues Ortega (Instituto de Salud Carlos III)
ABA Student Research in Auckland, New Zealand: Examples from a Scientist Practioner Framework.
Domain: Applied Research
ANGELA M. ARNOLD SARITEPE (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Abstract: The University of Auckland, New Zealand's, BACB approved ABA training program is in it's sixth year. In this time it has graduated nine students who have either obtained Board Certification or are eligible to sit the exam. In the final year of the program students participate in supervised fieldwork in a variety of settings; schools for students with special needs, residential facilities for persons with brain injury, dementia, developmental disabilities, and conduct disorders. Students are challenged to develop new and innovative programs to meet the individual client needs and demonstrate the value of ABA. This paper will present examples of student research.
BACB Approved Course Sequence Program by ABA Spain: A Gateway for Accreditation for the Spanish-Speaking World.
Domain: Applied Research
JAVIER VIRUES ORTEGA (Instituto de Salud Carlos III), Tomas Jesus Carrasco-Gimenez (Universidad de Granada)
Abstract: ABA Spain was created to offer specialized training to graduated students interested in further education on behavior analysis. The main goal of ABA Spain is to provide a high quality education on applied behavior analysis. There are very few graduate programs on behavior analysis in Spain and the ones available lack focus and provide fieldwork-training opportunities. Our recently launched program provides in class and distance learning opportunities for students in Spain and Latin American countries including Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela being a first step for the expansion of BACB credentials in Spanish-speaking countries. The latter is a major step considering there are no BCBAs in South America. The program supplies in class education but also supervised fieldwork experience through a number of associated centres throughout the country. The structure and particular features of the program will be described and discussed.
Bridging Instructional Divides in Multi-cultural Nigerian Society: Applied Behavior Analysis.
Domain: Applied Research
STELLA ADA KANU (University of Ibadan)
Abstract: Traditional approaches to teaching practice and supervision have only succeeded in producing teachers and supervisors with poor repertoires of pedagogy and tactics relevant in promoting functional teaching practice in the education industry in Nigeria. This has consequently impacted negatively on the achievement of functional academic and social learning outcomes for both average and poor learners. As a result, many children and youths drop out of school, or finish with very low grades from both primary and secondary schools, while the majority of children and youths with disabilities are permanently shut out of functional school experiences. Academic and social goals must be related to changes in behavior of individual learners before it can be functionally relevant to both the individual and the society. To achieve such objectives, a focus on the training of teachers on the science of pedagogy that will ensure structured curricular for teacher training and supervision fashioned along philosophy of Applied Behavior Analysis is most implicated. The paper discusses various instructional divides in Nigeria‘s complex educational system, teaching practices that have strengthened them, and also highlights possible ways the systematic application of behavior analysis can be adapted in Nigerian context to produce teachers who are strategic scientists.



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