Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Symposium #247
CE Offered: BACB
Applying the Competent Learner Model in Preschool Settings
Sunday, May 27, 2007
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
America's Cup C
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Daniel E. Hursh (West Virginia University)
Discussant: Daniel E. Hursh (West Virginia University)
CE Instructor: Daniel E. Hursh, Ph.D.

Settings for normally developing preschool children often serve some children who are not prepared to participate in all learning activities. The Competent Learner Model can prepare educators in these settings to arrange their environments to engage these naive learners. The CLM Course of Study integrates the best practices of Applied Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction, and Precision Teaching. It coaches educators to mastery of applying these practices with their naive learners. Formative evaluation data from two such settings will be presented and discussed. These data will include Competent Learner Repertoire Assessments, Developmental Work Samples, and teacher decision making.

The Relationship of Competent Learner Repertoire and Developmental Assessments.
DANIEL E. HURSH (West Virginia University), Liyu Chen (West Virginia University), Reagan P. Curtis (West Virginia University), Bobbie Warash (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The Competent Learner Repertoire Assessments determine the strength of Competent Learner Repertoires. These repertoires include observer, listener, talker, reader, writer, problem solver, and participator skill sets. As young children develop normally these skill sets grow stronger and more generally applied. Over the course of two years the repertoire assessments and Developmental Work Sample assessments have been completed with three and four year olds at a University Nursery School. These data show a moderate correlation between these two assessments indicating a relationship between the behavioral indicators and the developmental milestones.
The Competent Learner Model's Impact on Teacher Decision Making.
BOBBIE WARASH (West Virginia University), Liyu Chen (West Virginia University), Reagan P. Curtis (West Virgina University)
Abstract: An assessment of nursery school teachers' decisions regarding managing student behavior was conducted over the course of a number of months during which the two teachers completed the Competent Learner Course of Study. The teachers enter their decisions and rationale for those decisions into a log. These entries were then used as the basis for interviews of the teachers that inquired into their reason for those decisions. These data were then analyzed into categories to determine any impact the course of study may have had on their decisions and the reasoning behind those decisions.
An Implementation of the Competent Learner Model in a Preschool and Day Care Setting.
JAWANTEY K. MORRIS (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.), Suzanne H. Holman (Heritage Health Foundation, Inc.), Daniel E. Hursh (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The Competent Learner Model has an Implementation Accountability Process that cuts across four phases and identifies each of the action steps needed to assure for the implementation of the model as it is designed. A preschool, head start, day care setting in a low income region of a major metropolitan area completed the implementation of the Competent Learner Model across more than two years. The formative evaluation data, action planning process, and descriptions of changes in the behavior of both children and educators will be presented and discussed in terms of how the Competent Learner Model Course of Study influenced the operation of the setting.



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