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Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching [Paperback]

Julie S. Vargas

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March 5 2009 0415990084 978-0415990080 1

Modern teachers increasingly encounter students who enter their classroom with low motivation, learning problems, or disruptive behavior. The mission of this book is to provide teachers and other human service professionals specific tools they can use to teach more effectively without using the punitive methods that are too often part of educational practices. At the same time, the book explains the behavioral science on which behavioral practices are based.

This text is intended for undergraduate and graduate students in teacher education, special education, physical education, and educational psychology as well as for practicing teachers who would like to know what behavior analysis has to offer. The book is also appropriate for students in school psychology, school counseling, school social work and other human service areas. A course using this book as its basic text would qualify as one of the five courses required to sit for the credentialling exams given by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

Outstanding features include:

Classroom Focus – The book seamlessly integrates behaviour management with effective instruction within a classroom context. It focuses on practical steps that teachers can take in any classroom setting to improve performance and reduce disruptions. It explains topics that teachers frequently encounter such as functional analysis, functional assessment, and behavior support plans. It addresses from a behavior analysis framework recent advances in Tag teaching, Precision Teaching, and verbal behavior. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide quick checks on basic concepts and problem-solving exercises, with answers where appropriate

Presentation – The author is an exceptionally clear writer who uses a wealth of real (not imaginary) classroom examples.

Pedagogy – The pedagogy follows behavior-analytic principles including clear behavioral objectives and coordinated end-of-chapter exercises. The book contains an end-of-book glossary and bibliography.

Website – A coordinated website provides additional web-based quizzes, illustrative video clips, and guidelines for research projects that can be done as part of course requirements.

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"Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching is an excellent source for prospective and current teachers, particularly for those who are struggling and wanting to improve. It is even a more useful resource for school psychologists and others who work with teachers. ... [It is] a unique contribution to the literature on effective teaching." - Larry A. Alferink, PsycCRTIQUES (November 2009), Vol. 54, Release 46, Article 4

About the Author

Julie S. Vargas, Ph. D. is a former third and fourth grade teacher. She taught behavior analysis to undergraduate education majors and practicing teachers for over 30 years. She is past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and one of the founding editors of The Behavior Analyst. Dr. Vargas has written three books and many chapters and articles on educational practices. She is currently President of the B. F. Skinner Foundation.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on the Technology of Teaching June 16 2009
By Kim Hurlees - Published on Amazon.com
This book is very well written and covers behavior analysis very thoroughly. I am not a teacher, but I wish all teachers, especially my grandson's teachers, will read and apply the methods outlined in this wonderful book. Teaching is much more than presenting information and Julie Vargas explains how to teach effectively without using aversive techniques. It is filled with many examples of classroom problems and how to deal with them. She explains how to motivate students with positive feedback - such as graphs that show their progress, not their absolute score. (When we can actually see our progress it is very motivating!)She explains many methods to provide immediate positive feedback to students, immediate feedback that is vital to effective teaching. This should be required reading for all teachers and parents interested in teaching their children! I highly recommend this book!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for teachers and parents Oct. 7 2009
By Patricia Romanowski Bashe - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an author ("The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome"), the mother of a son with Asperger syndrome and other learning disabilities, a special education teacher, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The law of the land is clear: Children who receive special education and related services are entitled to scientifically based, data-driven, evidence-based educational approaches. Right now, the only intervention that fits that bill is applied behavior analysis. Contrary to popular misconception, applied behavior analysis is not about "modifying behavior"--it's about the science of teaching and the science of learning. And when we say "learning" in ABA, we mean learning literally anything and everything that can be taught: from academic subjects to daily living skills, from reading to social skills, from how to ride a bike to how to write about riding a bike. Dr. Vargas comes to this book with unique qualifications. Not only is she respected within the field of applied behavior analysis, she has also served her time as an elementary school classroom teacher. Her explanations of the science of teaching are clear, and her arguments for a more scientifically based approach are unassailable. Rich with illustrations and practical advice on how to apply these strategies effectively, "Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching" is a fantastic book and should be required reading for teachers and administrators, as well as the state and federal education agencies that define what constitutes "evidence-based."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Oct. 28 2012
By KelseyB - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book as. A textbook for a grad class I'm taking. I thought it was good writing that was easily understandable and the book came in great condition. Good buy. I don't plan on reselling.
3.0 out of 5 stars The "S. " in her name stands for Skinner ... July 11 2014
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The "S." in her name stands for Skinner. She is Skinner's daughter. Just need to point that out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book for those teaching students with Autism Dec 20 2011
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This book is packed full of information that would be very helpful to a teacher who has students with ASD. I loved the rental option through my Kindle for PC. It does not read like an old boring text book- very comprehensive and easy to understand.

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