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Behavioral Learning Theory and Classroom Management
Behavioral learning theory provides classroom management applications
for modifying students’ behavior. As you read in Chapter 2, these applications
have their critics (Kohn, 1993). However, they also have a long history of
effectiveness, especially for special needs learners (Simpson, 1998; Walker,
Colvin & Ramsey, 1995). Our discussion of behavioral classroom management
applications is organized around the behavioral learning principles introduced in
Principle 2.1: Learning is Measurable and Observable 12 In designing a systematic behavioral approach to classroom management, ,
you would need to identify the specific behaviors you want to change, an
intervention to change those behaviors, and a way to evaluate whether or not your
intervention produced the desired changes in those behaviors. This systematic
approach is referred to as applied behavior analysis, and it is implemented
through a sequence of four steps (Birnbrauer, Burchard & Burchard, 1970; Porter,
2000; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).
(1) Select and define specific behavio...
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