Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W66
CE Offered: BACB
The Teaching of Successful Intelligence
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Williford C (3rd floor)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D.
JOANNE K. ROBBINS (Morningside Academy), T. V. JOE LAYNG (Headsprout)
Description: When the environment requires a learner to produce verbal stimuli that sequentially and systematically make one pattern of behavior more likely than another in order to meet a contingency requirement, reasoning is defined. This process is akin to what Skinner (1969) described as an "inspection of reinforcement contingencies" such that an individual can describe behavior that meets contingency requirements without direct shaping or rules. Procedures have been developed that train learners in reasoning and in the inspection of the requirements for reinforcement in most problem solving situations. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to approaches to teaching intelligence, including Sternbergs analytical, practical, and creative intelligences, and an overview of effective and ineffective thinking skills strategies. The body of the workshop will be spent actively applying a Talk Aloud Problem Solving (TAPS) method derived from Bloom, 1950, and Whimbey & Lockhead, 1999) for teaching effective reasoning, and a method of teaching analytical thinking, Fluent Thinking Skills (FTS), (Robbins and Layng, 2004) based upon generating and answering questions that can be used for elementary school through graduate school and for effectively solving everyday problems at home and in the workplace.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: - Define and distinguish between reasoning and analytical thinking. - Describe the relation between reasoning, analytical thinking, and intelligence - Apply TAPS and FTS to a variety of situations requiring reasoning or analytical thinking. - Describe how to teach TAPS and FTS to others.
Activities: Discuss reasoning and analytical thinking as described in workshop introduction; Play TAPS game to learn basic concepts; In groups of two, Apply TAPS to solve problems with one person taking the role of problem solver and the other the role of active listener. Both individuals will take turns as problem solver and active listeners; Play FTS game to learn basic concepts, Apply FTS to quickly learn a difficult subject unfamiliar to most participants.
Audience: Those who work in educational, therapeutic, or business settings where reasoning, thinking or the teaching of intelligence is important.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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