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AN EVALUATION OF THE STIMULUS EQUIVALENCE PARADIGM TO TEACH SINGLE-SUBJECT DESIGN TO DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS VIA BLACKBOARD

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Address correspondence to Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Rehabilitation Institute, Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program, Mail Code 4609, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 (e-mail: rehfeldt@siu.edu).

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to examine the degree to which instruction based on stimulus equivalence procedures could be used to teach single-subject design methodology to graduate-level professionals through a Web-based course management system known as Blackboard (see http:www.blackboard.com). Specifically, we used the stimulus equivalence paradigm to teach relations among the names, definitions, graphical representations of the designs, and two practical scenarios of when it would be appropriate to implement each design. Most participants demonstrated the emergence of untaught relations, and some participants showed generalization to novel vignettes and graphs. Relations largely were not maintained at follow-up but were retaught.

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