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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W91
CE Offered: BACB
"Mastery" Defined Functionally and Measured Behaviorally
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Donny D. Newsome, Ph.D.
DONNY D. NEWSOME (Fit Learning), KENDRA B. NEWSOME (Fit Learning), TIMOTHY C. FULLER (University of Nevada, Reno)
Description: Generally speaking, the concept of mastery is well understood. We know a masterful performer when we see one. His or her performance seems to come naturally, quickly and accurately. Difficult or complex tasks are made to look effortless and novel problems are readily overcome. On the other hand, the absence of mastery is equally apparent. Critical skill deficits result in measurably slow, frustrating, inflexible performance and can adversely affect one's quality of life. As such, mastery is a commonly stated goal of educators in their crafting of skill acquisition plans. Unfortunately, inspection of common goal setting practices by behaviorists and educators reveals an unsettling divide. Whereas the characteristics of mastery listed above represent broad programmatic goals, the specific mastery criteria for acquisition targets are often woefully inadequate to produce such results. In this workshop, barriers to adequate goal setting such as inappropriate measurement systems and charting conventions will be addressed. Additionally, attendees will have ample opportunity to create functional mastery instructional program criteria that can be implemented in their practice. The intention of the workshop is to empower attendees to move away from goals like, "80% correct across three consecutive trials," and toward criteria more fitting from our experience of functional mastery in everyday life.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe the pitfalls of non-dimensional measures of behavior; (2) define functional mastery and appropriate measures thereof; (3) critically analyze mastery criteria in their research and practice.
Activities: Pick a behavior/skill for acquisition (e.g., hand washing, 2D-2D matching, adding sums of money, sorting laundry, reading, write name).What Success Looks like in the Real World: Possible Component skills for behavior/skill: How will you sequence the instruction? Describe your plan below. Establishing Frequency Aim Ranges for Components and Composite behavior/skills Through Normative Sampling (NOTE: You may also use duration, or latency).
Audience: Applied behavior analysts and educators
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Fluency, Mastery, Measurement, Precision Teaching

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