Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Invited Tutorial #179
CE Offered: BACB
2005 ABA Tutorial: One Behavioral Approach to College Teaching
Sunday, May 29, 2005
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
International North (2nd floor)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: John L. Michael, Ph.D.
Chair: Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Presenting Authors: : JOHN L. MICHAEL (Western Michigan University)

Many college courses have fairly clear goals related to a specific verbal content, and are taught by assigning text material, giving lectures, and assessing student repertoires with in-class exams. Some learning occurs during class attendance, but most results from out-of-class study. This tutorial will describe the evolution, rationale, and current status of the use of detailed study objectives and frequent exams as a way to produce highly effective out-of-class study, excellent student performance, and very good course evaluations. The approach does not require any resources other than those ordinarily available to an instructor, nor any special class-scheduling arrangements, and over time can result in a course that approaches programmed self-instruction in appearance and effectiveness.

JOHN L. MICHAEL (Western Michigan University)
ack L. Michael was born in 1926 in Los Angeles. He entered UCLA in 1943 as a chemistry major, served two years in the army, and returned to UCLA in 1946. He obtained a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at UCLA, finishing in 1955. As a graduate student his main interests were statistical methodology, physiological psychology, and learning theory. During his first teaching job (in the Psychology Department at Kansas University) he was much influenced by reading B. F. Skinner's Science and Human Behavior, and since then has been primarily involved in teaching behavioral psychology; at Kansas University, the University of Houston, Arizona State University, and Western Michigan University. At Houston in 1957 as a result of influence by the rehabilitation psychologist, Lee Meyerson, he began to apply Skinner's behavior analysis in the areas of mental retardation, mental illness, and physical disability. During the next several years behavior modification was in a period of rapid expansion and Michael contributed with his teaching, writing, and public presentations. At ASU as a result of contact with Fred S. Keller, he became interested in college instructional technology from a behavioral perspective. Most recently he has been concerned with the technical terminology of behavior analysis, basic theory regarding motivation, and verbal behavior. He contributed to the founding of the Association for Behavior Analysis in 1974 and served as president of that organization in 1979. In 2002 he received the ABA Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis, and the American Psychological Association Division 25 Don Hake Award for research that bridges the gap between experimental and applied behavior analysis. He is author of a laboratory manual and a number of articles and chapters dealing with basic and applied behavior analysis. He retired from WMU in 2003.



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