Beyond Behavior Modification

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Beyond Behavior Modification is a proactive approach to cognitive and behavior management of students in all grades in school. Much of the material in this popular text has been updated. Teachers appreciate the case studies, which explore the problems of particular students and follow through to successful behavior and cognitive management outcomes.

Introductory chapters include proactive behavior-management strategies and a comparison of popular approaches to behavior management. Traditional behavior modification and current social learning theory approaches are explored through easy-to-read examples and case studies. Strategies include improving social skills, teaching self-motivation, and changing belief systems of both students and teachers.

The chapter on student performance data provides guidance for analyzing current behavior problems, setting goals for improvement in student behaviors, and improving the way students think about the problems they experience.

Each chapter begins with objectives. Multiple and brief chapter assessments called Checkpoints allow readers to test their understanding of the material as it is read. Concrete examples, helpful tips, and step-by-step instructions add everyday practicality to the text. This book is ideal for use as a resource for teachers or as an adopted text in basic or advanced behavior-management courses.

Contents Include:

Chapter 1: Behavior Modification: Part 1

  • Intrinsically rewarding classrooms
  • Conceptual models of behavior management

Chapter 2: Reactive/Positive Approaches to Behavior Management

  • Behavioral and social-cognitive approaches to behavior management in the schools

Chapter 3: Behavior Modification: Part 2

  • Misconceptions of behavior modification
  • Operant conditioning
  • Research-based history of behavior modification

Chapter 4: Deciding What to Change

  • Assessment to identify behaviors needing improvement
  • Use of socio-cultural factors to judge student behavior
  • Determining if behaviors are maladaptive
  • Writing performance objectives

Chapter 5: Deciding How to Change It

  • Methods for diagnosing behavior problems
  • Psycho-medical, behavioral and social-cognitive models for diagnosing behavior problems
  • Utilizing functional behavioral analysis

Chapter 6: Strengthening Behavior: Part 1

  • Methods for using positive reinforcement
  • Types of reinforcers
  • Schedules of reinforcement
  • Fading, shaping and chaining to strengthen desired behaviors

Chapter 7: Strengthening Behavior: Part 2

  • Reinforcement practices including Grandma’s rule, contingency management, token economy, level system, and modeling
  • Special education legal mandates for designing and implementing level systems with students

Chapter 8: Weakening Behaviors

  • Guidelines for using behavior reduction procedures
  • Behavior reduction procedures including types of differential reinforcement, extinction, redirection, repri¬mands, response cost, over-correction, and time-out for hypothetical cases

Chapter 9: Measuring Student Progress

  • Measuring change in student behavior
  • Designing measurement systems
  • Displaying, analyzing, and interpreting student performance data

Chapter 10: Teaching Social Behavior

  • Teaching social skill behaviors
  • Components of a social skills lesson
  • Teaching generalization of social skills

Chapter 11: Teaching Self-Motivation

  • Guidelines for teaching students how to use self-motivation
  • Approaches to teaching self-motivation including: motivation, extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation, extra-strength-motivation, self-motivation, self-assessment, self-monitoring, self-reinforcement, the Premack Principle and Grandma’s rule

Chapter 12: Cognitive Strategies: Changing Beliefs

  • Use of cognitive restructuring instead of traditional behavior modification.
  • Characteristics of cognitive behavior modification programs
  • Interventions for restructuring cognitive students’ belief systems

Chapter 13: More Cognitive Strategies: Problem Solving and Self-Instruction

  • Cognitive behavior modification strategies
  • Strategies for empowering students to use cognitive behavior modification strategies
  • How to use problem solving, self-instructional training and verbal mediation

Chapter 14: Stress Management Strategies

  • How to teach stress management to students
  • Examples of three types of stress-management interventions including: somatic-physiological, cognitive-psychological, and social-behavioral

Chapter 15: Changing Teacher Behavior

  • Teacher-behavior problems vs. Student-behavior problems
  • Proactive vs. Reactive approaches for identifying and modifying teacher behavior
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