Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 747–757 | Cite as

Evaluating the Efficacy, Preference, and Cultural Responsiveness of Student-Generated Content in an Undergraduate Behavioral Course

  • Cynthia E. Nava
  • Tara A. FahmieEmail author
  • Sandy Jin
  • Priya Kumar
Special Section: Diversity and Inclusion


Increasing diversity in the field of behavior analysis may begin with an evaluation of culturally responsive practices in the college classroom. This study leveraged the various backgrounds of students in a university nationally recognized for diversity to evaluate the effects of peer-generated course materials on student performance in an undergraduate behavior analysis course. First, graduate students created multimedia examples (videos, pictures) of the behavioral principles in their everyday lives. Next, we curated an online bank of these examples corresponding to 4 topics (respondent conditioning, reinforcement, antecedent control, extinction and punishment) taught in an undergraduate behavior analysis course. We used a multiple-probe and between-group design to evaluate the effects of these peer-generated materials as supplements to traditional instruction. Students showed evidence of concept acquisition on all topics. However, results showed that peer-generated examples, as supplements to textbook and lectures, did not enhance students’ performance on knowledge assessments but were rated by students as more preferred, culturally responsive, and diverse than textbook examples.


College teaching Concept learning Culturally responsive teaching University coursework 



We thank the California State University, Northridge, Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis students for their vast contributions to the completion of this study. We thank Emily Tierman, Jasmine Poetry, Elizabeth Hernandez, and Carissa Basile for their help with this study.


This research was supported in part by NIGMS BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) grants TL4GM118977 and RL5GM118975.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentCalifornia State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA

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