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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #183
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching Curiosity: Discussion of Behavioral Approaches to Fostering Creativity and Philosophical Skills
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom HI
Area: EDC/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Christine Hoffner Barthold, Ph.D.
Chair: Kendra B. Newsome (Fit Learning)
KENDRA B. NEWSOME (Fit Learning)
MAKENSEY SANDERS (University of Mississippi)

Many people outside of behavior analysis believe that creativity and philosophical skills are innate talents and cannot be taught to students without such talent. Fine arts and philosophy faculty generally agree that creativity and philosophical thought can be shaped to at least some degree with specific forms of practice. Consistent with those and behavior analytic assumptions, research has shown that students can develop an ability to engage in creative and philosophical behaviors. Teachers would likely more effectively arrange practice for students to gain these skills using teaching techniques derived from behavior analysis than from traditional approaches. This panel will discuss definitions of creative and philosophical behaviors, the importance of these skills, teachers' role in the development of such skills, and behavioral approaches to teaching them. Through this panel, we hope to develop future research ideas of how best to assess these behaviors, modify the classroom environment, and foster teacher-student interactions that are conducive to furthering the growth of students' creativity and philosophical skills.

Target Audience:

Service providers, higher education instructors, school professionals, teachers, people interested in philosophy and/or creativity

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1) Define and provide examples of creative and/or philosophical behaviors 2) Describe behavioral approaches to teaching creative and/or philosophical behaviors 3) Describe potential research projects that would add to our knowledge about methods of teaching creative and/or philosophical behaviors
Keyword(s): creativity, philosophy, skill acquistion



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