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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Panel #410
CE Offered: BACB
A New Concept of Experience in Learning and Development
Monday, May 25, 2009
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
North 132 BC
Area: DEV/TPC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Michael C. Clayton, Ph.D.
Chair: Jacob L. Gewirtz (Florida International University)
LINDA J. COOPER-BROWN (The University of Iowa)
JACOB L. GEWIRTZ (Florida International University)
GARY D. NOVAK (California State University, Stanislaus)
PETER MCGILL (Tizard Centre, University of Kent)
Abstract: In the invited B. F. Skinner lecture, Celia Moore will make the case that development occurs through constructive processes that use available resources that are either endogenous to the organism as well as incorporated from its own natural environment. She will argue that reliable resources for development are provided by conditions essential for life found in the physical and social world of an organism and functions of its own body. (These conditions are assumed to generate experience, which seem to operate through neurosensory, neuromotor, and hormonal activity to affect developmental outcomes). From this view, experience encompasses heterogeneous contributors functioning at molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological, and behavioral levels in a developing system. The panelists will discuss whether this broad concept of experience can help resolve difficulties inherent in nature-nurture issue and understand human behavioral development.



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