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ERIC Number: EJ1073397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Optimizing Equivalence-Based Instruction: Effects of Training Protocols on Equivalence Class Formation
Fienup, Daniel M.; Wright, Nicole A.; Fields, Lanny
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v48 n3 p613-631 Sep 2015
Two experiments evaluated the effects of the simple-to-complex and simultaneous training protocols on the formation of academically relevant equivalence classes. The simple-to-complex protocol intersperses derived relations probes with training baseline relations. The simultaneous protocol conducts all training trials and test trials in separate portions of the protocol. In Experiments 1 and 2, participants formed 4 3- and 4-member neuroanatomy classes, respectively. When trained with the simple-to-complex protocol, 100% of participants immediately formed the 3- or 4-member classes. When trained with the simultaneous protocol, the 3- and 4-member classes were formed immediately by 75% and 42% of participants, respectively. Thus, the immediate emergence of equivalence classes was an interactive function of training protocol and class size. The remaining participants eventually formed classes after a few cycles of retraining. The incorporation of these training and testing parameters could optimize the use of equivalence-based instruction for teaching college-level course content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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