ERIC Number: ED056314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Videotape-Feedback Training Method to Teach Behavior Modification Skills to Nonprofessionals.
Gelfand, Donna M.; And Others
Three nonprofessionals, including those with limited education and advanced age, received training to become effective behavior modification agents (therapists). Each was then individually observed and videotaped in his work with a retarded child. Therapists' performances were not adequate for effecting the desired changes in the childrens' behavior. A subsequent videotape-feedback training program resulted in improvements in both therapist and child behaviors. These were maintained even after the training condition was withdrawn. Based on these positive results, 3 mothers were similarly trained to work with their own young children. A major point revealed in this investigation is that it does not suffice merely to present the nonprofessional therapist with a behavior modification program and an injunction to carry it out. Explicit, detailed training and close scrutiny are required for providing a wide range of nonprofessionals with behavior modification skills. (Author/TL)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Behavior Change, Behavioral Objectives, Change Agents, Children, Microteaching, Nonprofessional Personnel, Operant Conditioning, Teaching Methods, Trainees, Training, Training Methods, Videotape Recordings
Donna M. Gelfand, Psychology Dept., Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.; Eastern Washington Univ., Cheney.
Note: Paper presented at Western Psychological Association convention, San Francisco, Calif., April 21-24, 1971