Chapter 10

Behavioral interventions therefore either manage

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Unformatted text preview: five days in a row at recess, one successful recess is a good starting point. Principle 2.3: the Effects of Stimuli on Responses As you learned in Chapter 2, behavioral theories explain learning in terms of the impact of antecedents and consequences on behavior. Behavioral interventions, therefore, either manage antecedents or employ consequences to change behavior. Managing Antecedents Antecedents are stimuli that occur before a response, and that cue or signal the response. In classrooms they are the conditions under which behaviors occur (Porter, 2000). By managing antecedents, you may be able to cue desirable behaviors or prevent less desirable behaviors. Consequently, controlling 16 antecedents can be a humane approach to classroom management because you are preventing students from getting in trouble (Bailey & Piles, 1989). There are a number of ways for managing antecedents as a preventative measure. First, many of the preventative ideas discussed in the beginning of this chapter such as establishing classroom rules and procedures are approaches for mana...
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