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Behavior Modification in Teaching the Retarded Child


by Sidney W. Bijou — 1973

Behavior modification was first incorporated into the teaching of the retarded child in the early 196os. Now, a little more than ten years later, it is considered by many ranking educators to be the approach with the greatest promise. This chapter will (a) describe briefly the theoretical and methodological foundations of this approach, (b) present a behavior analysis of the retarded child, (c) describe the behavioral concept of teaching. (and training) the retarded child, (d) describe examples of programs based on behavior analysis, and (e) discuss some problems and issues.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 5, 1973, p. 259-290
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19470, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 7:36:43 AM

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  • Sidney Bijou
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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    SIDNEY W. BIJOU is a Professor and works in the Child Behavior Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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