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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #297
CE Offered: BACB
Live or Simulated in the Classroom: Discussing the Future of Class Demonstrations
Sunday, May 30, 2010
4:30 PM–5:50 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon F (Grand Hyatt)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D.
Chair: Christine Hoffner Barthold (University of Delaware)
A. CHARLES CATANIA (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
BRADY J. PHELPS (South Dakota State Univeristy)
JESUS ROSALES-RUIZ (University of North Texas)
Abstract: Since the earliest days of behavior analysis, classroom simulations and demonstrations have been used to teach behavioral principles. In these times of recurrent funding cuts, many schools have eliminated or will eliminate animal behavior labs. As a result, fewer students have opportunities to learn from the behavior of live organisms. Many instructors rely on videos of demonstrations and still others use computer-based simulations. Charles Catania and his late colleague, Eliot Shimoff, have an extensive history of both classroom demonstrations and computer simulations. Some of their class demonstrations have been caught on tape and preserve the legacy of their collaboration. They were also early programmers and users of computer simulations, having developed shaping games, interactive demonstrations of schedule contingencies, and other classroom-tested behavioral units. This panel discussion brings individuals with various backgrounds in the dissemination of behavior analysis (teacher education, basic research, and practitioner preparation) to discuss how in vivo, video-recorded, and computer demonstrations and simulations can advance behavior analysis. Central to the discussion will be video clips from Shimoff and Catania's classroom demonstrations. This presentation will be useful for practitioners, practitioner educators, researchers, and all individuals engaged in teaching behavior analysis.



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