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.


33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Invited Tutorial #135
CE Offered: BACB
Tutorial: Behavior-Analytic Strategies for Introducing Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 27, 2007
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Douglas B
Area: CSE; Domain: Theory
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Philip N. Hineline, Ph.D.
Chair: Maria R. Ruiz (Rollins College)
Presenting Authors: : PHILIP N. HINELINE (Temple University)

We frequently encounter difficulty in gaining acceptance for effective behaviorally-based interventions or educational practices; similar difficulty arises in gaining or maintaining a place for behavior analysis within academic curricula. Simply arguing the merits of the case by appealing to the practical effectiveness or the conceptual coherence and relevance of our approach often does not work. In the applied domain, a partial remedy is to improve the aesthetic characteristics of the strategies and techniques that we propose. In the domain of persuasion, we could better apply our own principles, as well as some techniques from other disciplines. For example, in place of confrontation, our principle of shaping suggests that we begin with a potential allys current repertoires and attempt gradual change. In the field of rhetoric and persuasion, a key strategy is to initially establish bases of agreement or commonality before attempting to persuade. Coupled with these should be a concern to discriminate which of the differences matter, between ones own and the position of others and especially to discriminate when those differences matter. My objective in all this is to address these issues in a principled way, thus understanding our own approach more effectively even while introducing it to others.

PHILIP N. HINELINE (Temple University)
Dr. Philip N. Hineline With a B.A. from Hamilton College and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Philip N. Hineline spent three years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research before moving to Temple University, where he is now a professor. Teaching at both basic and advanced levels, he has received several awards for excellence in teaching, including Temple's university-wide Great Teacher Award and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Arts and sciences. Outside the university, he served first as Associate Editor, as Editor, and then as Review Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He has been President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABA), as well as of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. In 1995, he received the award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis from ABA, and in 2002, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. His conceptual writing has focused upon the characteristics of explanatory language and the role of those characteristics in the controversies that have confronted behavior analysis. His empirical research has contained a consistent theme: to develop an understanding of behavioral and psychological processes as extended in time.



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