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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Panel #129
Int'l Panel - Historical Preservation and Archiving for Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 29, 2005
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Waldorf (3rd floor)
Area: TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Alexandra Rutherford (York University)
DAVID BAKER (Archives of the History of American Psychology)
WADE E. PICKREN (American Psychological Association)
JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: Behavior analysis has reached an exciting juncture in its history. First and second-generation Skinnerians are increasingly interested in writing, reading, and recording the history of their field. Behavior analysis has solidified its institutional presence, through international organizations such as ABA. These factors, among others, highlight an exciting opportunity for members of the field to become increasingly proactive in preserving its historical record. The theme of this panel discussion is historical preservation and archiving for behavior analysis. Panel discussants will address the nature and role of archiving, how to establish archival programs, and challenges to preserving the historical record in the electronic age. They will describe existing archival resources in behavior analysis and highlight the kinds of material that should be preserved. Panel discussants will give examples from their own extensive experience in subject-matter, divisional, and institutional archives.



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