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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #508
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysts’ Role in Higher Education and University Settings
Monday, May 29, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center 405
Area: EDC/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: James Moore, Ph.D.
Chair: Gina Boullion (University of Mississippi)
ALLISON GOHRING (Lindenwood University)
RUSSELL W. MAGUIRE (Simmons College)
JAMES MOORE (University of Southern Mississippi)
Abstract: The role of the science and practice of behavior analysis in addressing educational issues has long been a relevant topic of discussion (Skinner, 1968). Higher education instructors and administrators are often presented with a wide array of issues, from encountering students with low motivation, learning problems, or disruptive behaviors, to providing effective teacher trainings and managing governance within departments and colleges. Because of this, higher education instructors and administrators are often left wondering how and where to begin. The focus of this panel will be to describe the roles that Behavior Analysts can, should, and could play in higher education instruction, governance, and administration. Panelists’ experiences with implementing behavior analysis to prepare effective teachers, increase prosocial campus behaviors, and behaviorally manage members within departments will be described. Potential avenues for new faculty, faculty considering administrative leadership positions, and graduate students interested in academia to implement behavior analytic strategies in the university setting will also be discussed.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Higher Education, Teaching Effectiveness, University Services



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