Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W60
CE Offered: None
How to Teach a Course in Child Development: Theory and Applications
Saturday, May 29, 2004
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Beacon H
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Gary D. Novak, M.D.
GARY D. NOVAK (California State University, Stanislaus), MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University)
Description: Very few behavior analysts teach courses in child development. As a result, this important area is dominated by nonbehavioral viewpoints. This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills needed to be prepared to teach a course in child and adolescent development from a behavioral perspective. The workshop leaders will present the basic concepts of their behavioral-systems approach to child and adolescent development that are detailed in their new textbook. They will show how they organize and teach their undergraduate and graduate courses using this approach, with an emphasis on PSI-type methodologies. Participants will learn how to develop goals, objectives, lecture materials, and supplementary materials and readings for use in their own course.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Explain the basic principles of a behavioral systems approach to child development. Write a course proposal/syllabus for a behavioral course in child development. Take a chapter and write learning objectives for a unit of a child development course. Identify the pedagogical approach they will take in teaching a course.
Activities: Participants will be given a set of chapter objectives related as models. They will be asked to write their own set of objectives for one chapter. Participants will create sample quiz questions based on the objectives they create. Participants will create a syllabus for their own course in child development that can be used in the course proposal process. Participants will discuss the type of pedagogy that would work best for their individual teaching situations.
Audience: Graduate students, full-time and part-time faculty interested in learning about developmental theory and its applications; those teaching a course in child development at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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