ERIC Number: EJ947313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Looking to the Future: Will Behavior Analysis Survive and Prosper?
Behavior Analyst, v33 n1 p7-17 Spr 2010
Behavior analysis as a discipline currently is doing relatively well. How it will do in the future is unclear and depends on how the field, and the world at large, changes. Five current characteristics of the discipline that appear to reduce the probability that it will survive and prosper are discussed and suggestions for improvement are offered. The areas of concern are (a) the small size and limited power of the discipline, (b) the growing focus of applied behavior analysis on autism spectrum disorders and little else, (c) the esoteric nature of much basic research, (d) the proliferation of "applied" research that really isn't applied, and (e) the widespread use of imprecise and potentially harmful technical language.
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Autism, Probability, Behavioral Science Research, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Research, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Reinforcement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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