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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Invited Paper Session #222
CE Offered: BACB

Development of an Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan

Sunday, May 25, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W196b (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Gabrielle T Lee, Ph.D.
Chair: Gabrielle T. Lee (ABA Services, LLC)
HUA FENG (National Changhua University of Education)
Dr. Hua Feng completed her studies in educational psychology at National Taiwan Normal University and special education at The Ohio State University before assuming a position at National Changhua University of Education. The National Changhua University of Education was instituted in 1971, acquired national status in 1980, and reached university level along with its present name in 1989. It is the premiere university in Taiwan for training teachers. Dr. Feng served as a professor in the Department of Special Education there for nearly 10 years. She then became director of the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling and continues to serve as a professor in that program. She trains teachers and conducts research in assessment and teaching children with autism, teaching social skills for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, complex verbal behavior, a behavioral approach to counseling for disability, intraverbal training and teaching, and development of theory-of-mind testing and teaching strategies.

This talk will present a brief history of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the National Changhua University of Education (NCUE) in Taiwan. Taiwan has actively promoted applied behavior analysis and its application for more than 10 years. The graduate program, which offers board certification in behavior analysis, has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board since 2006. In 2011, a clinical center, which was based on behavior analytic principles, was established. Teachers who are trained in this center have contributed greatly to raising the awareness and profile of applied behavior analysis in academic circles in Taiwan. The students and professors at NCUE have contributed research findings in a number of important areas including verbal behavior, pretend play, joint attention, self-management skills, perspective-taking, and emotional skills training. Staff and students at the clinical center have developed training protocols and comprehensive assessment tools to assist them with the provision of evidence-based instruction for children with autism. Special education and rehabilitation teachers have the opportunity to access in-service training and practicum opportunities through the clinical center. Research findings suggest that these opportunities have had a favorable impact on the education system in Taiwan. Future development plans and proposed research also will be discussed as a part of this talk.

Keyword(s): ABA, teacher education



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