The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 177–189 | Cite as

Ogden R. Lindsley and the Historical Development of Precision Teaching

  • Lisa Potts
  • John W. Eshleman
  • John O. Cooper


This paper presents the historical developments of precision teaching, a technological offshoot of radical behaviorism and free-operant conditioning. The sequence progresses from the scientific precursors of precision teaching and the beginnings of precision teaching to principal developments since 1965. Information about the persons, events, and accomplishments presented in this chronology was compiled in several ways. Journals, books, and conference presentations provided the essential information. The most important source for this account was Ogden Lindsley himself, because Lindsley and his students established the basic practices that define precision teaching.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Potts
    • 1
  • John W. Eshleman
    • 1
  • John O. Cooper
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Behavior Analysis ProgramThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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