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ERIC Number: EJ999123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0738-6729
Common Goals for the Science and Practice of Behavior Analysis: A Response to Critchfield
Schneider, Susan M.
Behavior Analyst, v35 n1 p133-136 Spr 2012
In his scholarly and thoughtful article, "Interesting Times: Practice, Science, and Professional Associations in Behavior Analysis," Critchfield (2011) discussed the science-practice frictions to be expected in any professional organization that attempts to combine these interests. He suggested that the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) focus on its original science-advancement mission, including practice, but leave practitioner guild issues such as licensure to the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA). The author concurs. However, as Critchfield stated, ABAI can continue to offer much of interest to practitioners. In this response, she suggests that keeping the science-practice union as strong as possible would benefit all behavior analysts. She also describes relations between two major ecology and environmental science associations that may offer instructive parallels. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress