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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #491
Professional Development Series: Introduction to Direct Instruction for Behavior Analysts
Monday, May 26, 2008
7:30 PM–8:20 PM
Area: EDC
Chair: Nicole C. Groskreutz (Utah State University)
Professional Development Series: Introduction to Direct Instruction for Behavior Analysts
Domain: Applied Research
TIMOTHY A. SLOCUM (Utah State University)
Abstract: Direct Instruction is a systematic and comprehensive approach to academic instruction. Direct Instruction is based on both behavior analysis and on logical analyses of communication and knowledge systems. As such, Direct Instruction provides an example of how behavioral principles, strategies, and tactics can be arranged to create broad and comprehensive programs of academic instruction that produce large and complex repertoires in learners. In addition, the fact that Direct Instruction also draws upon logical analyses of communication and structural analyses of knowledge systems provides examples of how behavior analysis contacts other areas. The centerpiece of Direct Instruction is teaching for generalization under precise stimulus control. Direct Instruction programs feature integration of rule-governed and contingency-shaped behavior, and systematically build relational responding. Thus, Direct Instruction is important for behavior analysts involved with teaching complex repertoires to virtually any learners. The effectiveness of Direct Instruction programs is supported by a large and varied research base.



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