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Welcome to the section on special education! The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is committed to helping those who are concerned about the current educational crisis by providing information about effective educational practices based on the scientific analysis of behavior. These practices are of particular concern for pShow More

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What is Evidence? (2010). Pennypacker, H.S. Conference Presentation.
The term 'evidence based' is in widespread use. But what, exactly, is evidence? The historical and cultural uses of the term will be examined, leading to a critical discussion of what should constitute evidence supporting a science of behavior. Implications for current controversies will be explored.
Precision Teaching: Measuring and attaining exemplary academic achievement.
How do students, teachers, or parents know when they've successfully mastered a skill or body of knowledge? The lack of adequate mastery criteria for most curriculum objectives is a primary cause of educational failure today.
Youth Policy: Precision Teaching: Measuring and Attaining Exemplary Academic Achievement, Vol. 10(7)
How do students know when they've successfully mastered a skill or body of knowledge? How do their teachers or parents know? Alternatively, how do students and teachers decide when to change their approach to achieve a particular learning outcome because the current method is not working? As basic and objective as these questions seem, educators generally have not done a good job in providing answers. Moreover, the lack of adequate mastery criteria for most curriculum objectives is a primary cause of educational failure today.
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