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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Symposium #36
CE Offered: BACB
What Does an Educational System Require to be Successful?
Saturday, May 26, 2007
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
America's Cup C
Area: EDC/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Ernest A. Vargas (B. F. Skinner Foundation)
Discussant: Jose A. Martinez-Diaz (Florida Institute of Technology & ABA Tech)
CE Instructor: Vicci Tucci, M.A.

"A common cliche is that education is a complex endeavor. We examine at least a portion of this complexity in a number of ways. In its overall operation what does an educational system require in order to be successful? It requires a proper organizational structure as well as the proper science from which successful engineering practices can be drawn. It requires as well more than just a statement of the requirement. It requires a long-term demonstration of a successful model of instruction over a sufficiently diverse set of students and schools to provide a factual basis for evaluation of that success, and as important, for evaluation as to how to move beyond current gains. It also requires an analysis of the historical background by which such a model was set in place. Each of the participantsTucci, Scutta, and Vargasaddress each of these requirements separately, and to some degree, address the considerations pertinent to one across to the others."

The Competent Learner Model and the Triad Model of Education.
ERNEST A. VARGAS (B. F. Skinner Foundation)
Abstract: Most attempts to enhance student performances concentrate on instructional technology. But instructional technology is only a small piece of the large puzzle of achieving success in the educational setting. Also relevant is the proper scientific base for what should be an engineering effort, not merely a technological one. And also important, and typically overlooked, is the organizational structure which operates the engineering effort. This paper features the integration of the Competent Learner Model with the Triad Model of Education to illustrate the synergy of the two.
Instructional Technology Required for the Implementation of Best Practices.
VICCI TUCCI (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.)
Abstract: In this aspect of the symposium, we will briefly describe the Competent Learner Model (CLM). CLM was designed to equip naïve learners with the core repertoires (e.g., Problem Solver) to act effectively in “novel” circumstances. We will illustrate the components of the CLM (i.e., Learning Solutions) and delineate its phases of implementation.
Dissemination of "Best Practices" in Skinner's Home State of Pennsylvania.
CATHY SCUTTA (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Abstract: In this part of the symposium, we describe the state-wide organizational structures required to implement the Competent Learner Model and also report the preliminary data of the ÇLM's effects.



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