Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #144
CE Offered: BACB
Precision Teaching + Verbal Behavior = Student Success! Verbal Mediation in Algebraic Instruction
Sunday, May 28, 2023
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Convention Center 405
Area: EDC
Chair: Christina Scenna (University of Pittsburgh )
CE Instructor: Olivia Grace Enders, Ph.D.
Precision Teaching + Verbal Behavior = Student Success! Verbal Mediation in Algebraic Instruction
Domain: Applied Research
Olivia Grace Enders (Coastal Carolina University), CHRISTINA SCENNA (University of Pittsburgh )
Abstract: Rate-building academic practices support students’ attainment of critical learning outcomes, such as endurance and generalization across stimuli and tasks. In mathematics, researchers most often study rate-building practices in relation to simple computations (i.e. single-digit addition problems). The present project considers a recent study which evaluated the effects of explicit instruction followed by frequency-building sessions on students’ rate of solving one-step equations. This study employed error correction which featured overt echoic rehearsal related to the task analysis presented. As such, our current project considers the relationship between students’ fluent performance and overt, observable mediating responses within rate-building practice. We theorize how mediation may account for greater performance in equation solving and generalizing, which occurred in the present study. We discuss how further conceptual exploration of problem solving and verbal mediation may inform the development of systematic practices related to algebraic reasoning. We provide present and possible applications of these conceptualizations in the context of more complex algebraic equations and other important critical disciplines.



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