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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #31
Developing Behavior Analytic Curricula for Undergraduates
Saturday, May 26, 2012
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
613/614 (Convention Center)
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Jessica E. Frieder (Western Michigan University)
TOM BYRNE (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)
JAMES W. DILLER (Eastern Connecticut State University)
JESSICA B. EVERLY (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg)
CHRISTINE L. RATCLIFF (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)

An important component in the dissemination of behavior analysis is its promotion at the Bachelors level. The purpose of the present discussion is to share information and advice on the challenges commonly faced while developing behavior analytic curricula for undergraduates. Emphasis will be given to programs at small colleges and universities that lack accompanying graduate programs in behavior analysis. Panelists will discuss their experiences creating and overseeing behavior analytic coursework for undergraduates. Specific topics will include student and faculty recruitment, student involvement in research, curriculum design, internships, service delivery, and the creation of Behavior Analyst Certification Board-approved coursework and supervised experiences. The panel will consist of behavior analysts and faculty from small, liberal arts colleges and universities who were trained in basic and applied research, as well as members of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Recent trends and future directions for undergraduate behavior analytic programs and board-approved coursework will also be discussed.

Keyword(s): BACB-approved coursework, curriculum design, undergraduate research



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