Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Behavioral Skills Training and Skill Learning

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_644



Behavioral Skills Training (BST) is a training package that utilizes instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback in order to teach a new skill. Typically training is implemented not for some fixed time, but rather to some predetermined criterion. For example, a trainee may be said to have acquired a skill when they have emitted correct responses on 90% of three consecutive training sessions. Although these four components are common there are many procedural variations in how researchers and practitioners apply them. For example, modeling might be done live, in role play, or through video-modeling. Feedback might be given immediately or delayed, graphically or verbally, or in combinations.

Theoretical Background

BST comes from a behavioral background. Sometimes research presents it in a relatively atheoretical manner as a strategy that appears to be robustly effective in skills teaching. Applied...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueens College and The Graduate CenterFlushingUSA