Increasing the use and maintenance of behaviour-based practices in schools: An example of a general problem for applied psychologists?
Leach, D.J. (1987) Increasing the use and maintenance of behaviour-based practices in schools: An example of a general problem for applied psychologists? Australian Psychologist, 22 (3). pp. 323-332.
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Behaviour‐based procedures are still rarely used in schools as routine problem‐solving or skill‐building practices. Consideration is given as to why this should be. It is suggested that psychologists working in educational settings should be more aware of contextual and organizational factors if they are to be successful innovators of new practices. In the case of behaviour‐based procedures, there is a need to develop flexible, behavioural process models to guide the practice of psychologists and teachers rather than to continue development of pre‐packaged behavioural techniques for teachers that do not allow scope for personal adaptation. There is also a pressing need to identify and plan for reinforcement contingencies operating within the natural school environment that will maintain these practices.
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