Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching a Behavioral Child Development Coure: The Whats and Hows
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Private Dining Room 3 (3rd floor)
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Gary D. Novak, Ph.D.
GARY D. NOVAK (California State University, Stanislaus), MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University)
Description: This workshop will prepare you to teach an undergraduate course in child development from a behavior analytic perspective. Basic concepts of a behavioral systems approach to development based on the authors' textbook will be covered. Methods for proposing, organizing and teaching a course will be included.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: - Explain the basic principles of a behavioral systems approach to child development. - Write a course proposal/syllabus for a behavioral child development course. - Take a chapter from the book and write learning objectives for a unit of a child development course. - Identify the pedagogical approach that you will take in teaching a course.
Activities: Participants will be given a set of chapter objectives related to the textbook as models. They will be asked to generate their own set of objectives for one chapter. These will be discussed and critiqued. They will create sample quiz questions based on the objectives they create. They will create a syllabus for their own course in child development that can be used as part of a course proposal process. Finally, they will discuss methods that would be relevant to their own teaching situation.
Audience: Graduate students, full-time and part-time faculty interested in teaching a course in child development from a behavioral perspective. Both those who have or have not yet taught a developmental course are welcome.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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