Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #34
Behavior Analysis and Today’s Political Realities
Saturday, May 28, 2005
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Lake Huron (8th floor)
Area: CSE
Chair: Monica M. Garlock (University of Nevada, Reno)
"The Shame of American Education" Redux
Domain: Theory
ROBIN RUMPH (Stephen F. Austin State University), Glen L. McCuller (Stephen F. Austin State University), Chris Ninness (Stephen F. Austin State University)
Abstract: Skinner published his classic paper in the American Psychologist in 1986. The authors review Skinner’s negative evaluation of American education and the reasons for it. Skinner’s paper is the starting point for the authors’ reevaluation of the current state of American education while reflecting on Skinner’s proposals for improvement. Given the current zeitgeist in the American educational academy and recent national reform efforts in the form of the No Child Left Behind Act, the authors offer proposals to improve education. Particular attention is given to the proper role of governmental bodies, teacher preparation programs, teachers and patrons in improving the American Educational System. Proposals for improvement in large part are based on an analysis of meta-contingencies and the use of behavioral systems analysis concepts.
Vigilance Today & Implications for Behavior Analysis
Domain: Applied Research
MONICA M. GARLOCK (University of Nevada, Reno), Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This presentation will include a review of literature on vigilance and associated interpretations offered by behavior analysis and other disciplines. Although many behavioral studies have been conducted concerning on-task behavior of individuals spanning such topics as parental attention, driving and safety awareness, and child compliance, this presentation will focus on issues related to the United States' prevailing situation concerning vigilant screening techniques primarily used in the detection of terrorist activities in today's current environment. Long hours of screening professions with little activity but high consequence for failure to detect required, infrequently seen items is a growing concern for authorities in the Department of Homeland Security and its partners throughout the country. Recent studies for the improvement of all aspects of airline screening, air traffic controller efficiency, and document processing will be discussed. Future direction and further applications of Behavior Analysis technology in the analysis of vigilance studies and societal implications will be also be highlighted.



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