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Teaching and learning is enhanced when educators know the 'why' as well as the 'what' of their practice. Understanding the theories that inform evidence-based learning and teaching strategies will enable educators to be innovative, adaptable, and effective. This unit focuses on the theoretical framework that underpins a range of evidence-based practices, such as Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and video modelling. Our focus in this unit is not on the promotion of a program; rather, it is on exploring the principles of applied behaviour analysis which aid in understanding student behaviour, inform learning and teaching strategies, and provide tools for the evaluation of student learning.

Summary 2020

Unit name Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis
Unit code ESM746
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Teaching staff

Dr Nadia Ollington and Dr Christopher Rayner

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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1 070113

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online with weekly readings and activities


Analysis of a learning strategy (40%), Intervention study design (60%)

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