Handbook of Behavior Therapy in Education

  • Joseph C. Witt
  • Stephen N. Elliot
  • Frank M. Gresham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Foundations of Behavior Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael D. Powers, Cyril M. Franks
      Pages 3-36
    3. Frank M. Gresham, Michael P. Carey
      Pages 37-65
    4. Edward S. Shapiro
      Pages 67-98
    5. Craig Edelbrock
      Pages 99-117
  3. Technical Issues in the Use and Dissemination of Behavior Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. William H. Yeaton
      Pages 171-187
    3. Ian M. Evans, Luanna H. Meyer, Jayne A. Kurkjian, Gloria S. Kishi
      Pages 189-215
    4. Teresa Kay Anderson, Thomas R. Kratochwill
      Pages 217-244
    5. John R. Bergan, Jason K. Feld, Joyce C. Swarner
      Pages 245-273
  4. Problems and Challenges for Behavior Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Robert B. Rutherford Jr., C. Michael Nelson
      Pages 277-324
    3. Brian K. Martens, Joseph C. Witt
      Pages 325-341
    4. Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette
      Pages 343-376
    5. Joseph Corrao, Gary B. Melton
      Pages 377-399
  5. Behavior Change Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. Philip C. Kendall, Lucinda Cummings
      Pages 403-418

About this book


What do we know about behavioral analysis and intervention in educational settings? Given that educational institutions were among the first to embrace the new technology of behavior change in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it is apparent that we have had the opportunity to learn a great deal. The evolution of the field of behavior therapy has witnessed a change in the behavior therapist from an adolescent fascination with repeatedly demonstrating the effectiveness of the new technology to a mature recognition of the complex implications of the behav­ ioral paradigm for individuals, systems, and society. Many "facts" now taken for granted were considered impossibilities a mere two decades ago. In her 1986 presidential address to Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, Beth Sulzer-Azaroff reviewed a number of changes in attitude in education that were strongly influenced by behavior therapy. Most educators now agree that (a) everyone can learn, (b) complex skills can be taught, (c) precise, general, and durable performance can be taught, and (d) barriers to learning can be overcome. In addition, we would add that behavior therapy is being applied to increasingly more complex human problems, such as social skill deficits, internalizing disorders, and dysfunctional systems and organizations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph C. Witt
    • 1
  • Stephen N. Elliot
    • 2
  • Frank M. Gresham
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-0905-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8238-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0905-5
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