Behavior Analysis in Higher Education: Applications to Teaching and Supervision

Andresa A. De Souza, Darlene E. Crone-Todd (Eds.)

by T. V. Joe Layng (Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, Endicott College), Samantha LaPointe (Salem State University), Christopher R. Colasurdo (Caldwell University), Darlene E. Crone-Todd (Salem State University), Andresa A. De Souza (University of Missouri-St. Louis ), Natalie M. Driscoll (Seven Hills Foundation), Frances M. Falzarano , Daniel M. Fienup (Teachers College, Columbia University), Nicole Gravina (University of Florida), Kendra Guinness (Oregon Research Institute), Cássia Leal da Hora (Instituto Par Educação, Brazil), Ellie Kazemi (California State University Northridge), Sarah Kern (University of Missouri-St. Louis), Grace Ecko Jojo (Simmons University), Alicia M. Alvero (The City University of New York), April Michele Williams (Rollins College), Kimberly B. Marshall (Endicott College; University of Oregon), Videsha Marya (Endicott College), Amy Odum (Utah State University), Joseph Pear (University of Manitoba), D. Perez (Utah State University), Kenneth F. Reeve (Caldwell University), Christen E. Russell (Endicott College), Brian Saville (James Madison University), Ana Carolina Sella (Aprendizagem em Pauta, Brazil), Andressa Sleiman (Florida Institute of Technology), Noor Syed (SUNY Empire State University and Center for Autism Advocacy; Anderson Center International; Endicott College), Lisa Tereshko (Endicott College), Mary Jane Weiss (Endicott College), Philip N. Chase (Simmons University)

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Overall, this book makes a timely and useful contribution to the literature on teaching and training behaviour analysts at HE institutions. It covers a lot of basic ground, including some of the main behaviour analysis-based teaching methods that can be useful in Higher Education. It also covers ethics and cultural diversity, both very topical issues in the context of behaviour analytic interventions.

Prof. Dr. Karola Dillenburger
Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis
Queen's University Belfast

The book provides a thorough and much-needed account of behavior analysis in higher education. One of its greatest strengths lies in its meticulous scholarship. It not only traces the roots of behavior analysis but also identifies current applications in the higher education sector. Referencing seminal works and offering a modern critique is an excellent way to give readers a holistic understanding of the subject. It also promises to fill a void in the literature by focusing on higher education, a topic the authors see as largely unexplored. This adds to the book's originality and practical and academic significance.
The book's thematic organization into history, technology, teaching strategies, and professional foundations offers a well-rounded perspective, making it appealing to various domains. Whether it's academic scholars, educational practitioners, or even students in the field of behavior analysis, the book offers something of value for everyone.
Overall, the book promises to be an important contribution to the field of behavior analysis in higher education, with the potential for a wide-reaching impact.

Dr. Janet S. Twyman, BCBA, LBA-NY
Director of Innovation & Technology, Center on Innovations in Learning;
Founder, Blast: A Learning Sciences Company

The book is divided into four logical sections, each with a concise introduction to the content. Every chapter ends with a list of study questions, which instructors and students should find helpful for integrating active learning activities into the instruction. All of the chapters emphasize evidence-based practices despite limited research in many of the areas. The chapters are well-written. The authors are careful to define concepts, terms, and approaches for those who may be less well-versed in behavior analysis.

Dr. Dorothea C. Lerman, BCBA-D, LBA
Chair, Behavior Analysis Program
Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Department of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences
University of Houston

This cutting edge, timely book is a primary resource for students, faculty, coordinators, and supervisors in the growing field of behavior analysis. This book acts as a single resource that pulls together the background, current status, and future directions related to the relevance of a behavior analytic approach to teaching, assessment, and supervision.

The authors collaborating in this volume are experts at various stages of career development and have a known presence in the field. This combination of theory driven, and high-caliber authors have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind book drawing from backgrounds of diversity in terms of gender, areas of expertise, and geography. The recent pandemic has resulted in a pivot to remote learning and online supervision; this text will provide an important contribution in terms of understanding how to provide high quality teaching, supervision, and assessment in behavior analysis and among other areas. As the field is moving to increasing standards for programs that correspond to accreditation body standards, this book also provides timely information about how to prepare for this process including cultural competency and ethics, which guide our teaching and practice.

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Foreword: Teaching Behavior Analysis with Behavior Analysis: The Long-Running Project Continues to Improve
William L. Heward
The Ohio State University

Andresa A. De Souza
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Darlene E. Crone-Todd
Salem State University

Section I. History and the Use of Technology

Chapter 1 The Teaching Machine and Programmed Instruction: Foundations for Effective Teaching
Andresa A. De Souza
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Chapter 2 Teaching Machines Versus Programers: Past, Present, and Future
T. V. Joe Layng
Endicott College

Chapter 3 From Early Systems of Instruction (ESI) to Personalized System of Instruction (PSI): A Brief History
Joseph J. Pear
University of Manitoba
Frances M. Falzarano
Retired Educator and Teacher Advocate

Chapter 4 The Age of Online Teaching: A Renaissance for Behavior Analysis in Higher Education
Darlene E. Crone-Todd
Salem State University

Section II. Teaching Strategies and Assessment

Chapter 5 Teaching Behavior Analytic Associations or Concepts: What is Your Teaching Goal?
Ana Carolina Sella
Aprendizagem em Pauta
Cássia Leal Da Hora
Instituto PAR - Ciências do Comportamento

Chapter 6 Developing Equivalence-Based Instruction in Higher Education: Research, Practical Considerations, and Collaborating with Content Experts
Daniel M. Fienup
Columbia University
Kenneth F. Reeve
Caldwell University
Christopher R. Colasurdo
Caldwell University

Chapter 7 Research and Application for Interteaching in Higher Education
Bryan Saville
James Madison University

Chapter 8 Evaluating Complex Behavior Change in Higher Education
Phil N. Chase
Simmons University
Samantha R. LaPointe
Salem State University
Kendra E. Guinness
Oregon Research Institute
Grace Ecko Jojo
Simmons University

Section III. Behavior Analysis in Training and Supervision

Chapter 9 Mentorship and Informal Graduate Training in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Amy L. Odum
Utah State University
D. Perez
Utah State University

Chapter 10 Higher-Order Skills in Graduate-Level Programs: Performance and Verbal Behavior Training
Sarah Kern
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Andresa A. De Souza
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Darlene E. Crone-Todd
Salem State University

Chapter 11 Supervised Fieldwork in Behavior Analysis: Practica and Internships
Ellie Kazemi
California State University Northridge

Chapter 12 Organizational Behavior Management in Higher Education
Nicole Gravina
University of Florida
Andressa Sleiman
Florida Institute of Technology
Alicia M. Alvero
The City University of New York

Section IV. Professional Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis

Chapter 13 Teaching Ethical Conduct to Aspiring Behavior Analysts: Identifying Effective Methods and Meaningful Outcomes
Mary Jane Weiss and Videsha Marya
Endicott College

Chapter 14 Embedding Cultural Responsiveness in Graduate Coursework and Supervision Training
Noor Syed
SUNY Empire State University
Kimberly B. Marshall
Endicott College; University of Oregon
Christen E. Russell
Endicott College
Lisa M. Tereshko
Endicott College
Natalie Driscoll
Seven Hills Foundation

Chapter 15 Preparing for ABAI Accreditation as the Coordinator of a Behavior Analysis Program
April Michele Williams
Rollins College
Darlene E. Crone-Todd
Salem State University


Dr. Andresa A. De Souza, BCBA-D (University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2016), is an Assistant Professor in Special Education and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned her Ph.D. in ABA from the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. Dr. De Souza’s research interests involve the analysis of Skinner’s verbal behavior and the condition to promote generative language, the dissemination of behavior technologies to underserved communities, and the implementation of behavior strategies for effective online teaching. She is a board member of the ABAI Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group and the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis. She serves on the editorial board of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. De Souza has designed and developed several hybrid and online courses for the ABA graduate program, supervised practicum students, and provided consultation for behavior analysts internationally.

Dr. Darlene E. Crone-Todd (University of Manitoba, 2002) is a Professor in Psychology at Salem State University. She designed and coordinated the graduate program in Behavior Analysis, and has presented in over 60 symposia at conferences worldwide, including time spent researching and presenting in Brazil. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals including The Behavior Analyst Today, The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Psychological Record, and Substance
Use and Misuse. Currently, she serves as an ABAI program area coordinator for the experimental analysis of behavior area. Her research lab includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as international collaborations. The lab’s mission is to understand complex human behavior in the context of gradual change procedures and interactions with technology to create a more humane world.

Behavior analysis, Skinner’s teaching machine, personalized system of instruction, equivalence-based instruction, higher-education teaching, interteaching, applied behavior analysis supervision, accreditation, supervision, programmed instruction, assessment, ethics

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Behavior Analysis in Higher Education: Applications to Teaching and Supervision





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January 2024