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.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Panel #205
CE Offered: BACB
School-Wide Positive Behavior Support as an Application of Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 28, 2006
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
Area: TPC/EDC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Carie L. English, Ph.D.
Chair: Carie L. English (University of South Florida)
DONALD K. KINCAID (University of South Florida)
LAUREN A. LOVELL (School District of Lee County)

Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968, 1987) described behavior analysis as applied, behavioral, analytic, conceptual, technological, effective, and displaying generality. Each of these characteristics defines behavior analysis as a field of research and application. School-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) is an application of behavior analysis. SWPBS also can be defined within the context of these seven characteristics, meeting the criteria for applied behavior analysis established by Baer et al. This presentation will discuss school-wide positive behavior support within the context of the seven characteristics identified by Baer et al. to demonstrate that SWPBS applies behavior analytic principles and technology to non-clinical populations to demonstrate the utility (ecological validity) of behavior analysis.




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