The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 121–130 | Cite as

What is Happening in Psychology of Learning Courses?

  • Kennon A. Lattal
  • Jennifer M. McFarland
  • James H. Joyce


Current practices in the undergraduate Psychology of Learning course were assessed through a survey in which a questionnaire probing the teaching of the course was sent to 238 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. Fifty-four percent of the questionnaires were returned. Learning courses were taught at all but 10 of the schools that responded. The course typically is one of several that can be selected to fulfill requirements for the major in psychology. The course orientation and content varied widely from cognitive to eclectic to behavioral, and laboratory requirements existed in less than half of the courses. The effects of these practices on behavior analysis are considered and several suggestions are made for teaching behavior analysis in the Learning course and elsewhere to undergraduates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kennon A. Lattal
    • 1
  • Jennifer M. McFarland
    • 1
  • James H. Joyce
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Timber Ridge RanchDentonUSA

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