Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W28
CE Offered: None
Correcting Student Errors during Instruction
Friday, May 28, 2004
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Fairfax A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Michael Fabrizio, Ph.D.
MICHAEL FABRIZIO (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), KELLY J. FERRIS (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), AMY KING (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), KRISTA ZAMBOLIN (University of British Columbia), SARA J. PAHL (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting)
Description: This workshop will teach participants the skills they need to correct greater than 90% of the errors their students make during instruction by teaching participants four key components in correcting student errors: identifying error patterns, aligning error patterns with error correction procedures, implementing the error correction procedures, and evaluating the effectiveness of the procedure. Participants will learn two powerful algorithms for correcting student errors: an algorithm based on Tom Gilberts work in the area of Mathetics and an algorithm for rapidly establishing necessary conditional discriminations. Both of these algorithms support instructors ability to teach their students new responses quickly and effectively. The workshop will also teach participants how to evaluate error corrections and select which procedures are most effective at correcting errors with various skills with their specific learners. Such evaluation allows the selection of error corrections to be based on empirical data rather than clinical impression. In addition, we will spend part of the workshop time teaching participants to train others in effectively correcting student errors and to evaluate their trainees performance in this very important area in instructional delivery. Each workshop participant will receive a copy of all the materials presented during the workshop, including all videotape examples and forms.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to describe and implement: Modified Mathetics error correction procedures across a range of skills often used in instructional programs. Discrimination error correction procedures across a range of skills often used in instructional programs. Plans for the evaluation of error correction procedures within their own clinical practices. Training activities to teach others to correct student errors effectively.
Activities: Activities will include interactive lecture participation, evaluation of videotaped examples and nonexamples, hands-on practice implementing error correction procedures, and evaluating student performance data to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of prescribed error correction procedures.
Audience: Individuals designing, supervising, monitoring, or implementing behavior analytic instruction with learners with special needs. While the workshop will use children with autism in the videotaped and data examples shown, the procedures participants will learn are applicable to a very wide range of learners.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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