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Behavior Modeling

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Copying; Demonstrating; Imitation training; Observational learning

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Teaching by demonstrating a response and a consequence.

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Social learning theory, specifically the work of Albert Bandura provides the foundation for behavior modeling. In behavior modeling, an individual can learn new behaviors by observing. The correct behavior is demonstrated for the learner, the learner observes the model, and then imitates the behavior of the model [1]. For modeling to be most effective the learner must demonstrate attending and imitative skills in their repertoire; that is, the learner must be able to pay attention and perform the behavior that the model just demonstrated. Modeling is an easy, practical, and successful way of teaching.

Behavior modeling can be effective for both simple and complex behaviors. The behavior should be modeled in many ways, in a variety of situations, and as many times necessary for the learner to imitate the behavior correctly. Finally,...

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  1. Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis (2nd ed., pp. 402). New York: Macmillan.

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  3. Miltenberger, R. G. (2008). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Learning.

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Husband, J., Chong, I. (2011). Behavior Modeling. In: Goldstein, S., Naglieri, J.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_307

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