Learning Modules for William L. Heward's "Ten Faulty Notions about Teaching and Learning that Hinder the Effectiveness of Special Education" - 5 CEUs - 3 Month License BACB

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by Dr. Stephen Eversole and Dr. William Heward | Available for 5 BACB Learning CEUs
The activity for this course involves reading the article Ten Faulty Notions About Teaching and Learning that Hinder the Effectiveness of Special Education by William L. Heward and then completing related fluency-based modules.

As behavior analysts and special educators, we are reluctant to make claims without having data to back them up. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the world makes declarations without first checking the facts. Dr. Bill Heward examines ten faulty notions espoused by some educators. We feel it is important to recognize these faulty notions, understand their flaws, and respond to them effectively to minimize their impact on the educational process. The objective of this course is to impart these skills to behavior analysts, teachers, and others.

How it Works

Here's how it works:

1. Purchase this course (see above).
2. Read the following article: Heward, W. L. (2003). Ten faulty notions about teaching and Learning That Hinder the Effectiveness of Special Education. Journal of Special Education, 36(4), 186-205. This article can be purchased from the publisher at the following link: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/002246690303600401. BE SURE TO PRINT THE ARTICLE FOR FUTURE ACCESS.
3. Complete the acquisition modules to 100% correct.
4. Complete the fluency modules to 100% correct.
5. Once all acquisition and fluency modules have been completed to 100% correct, go to the Finishing Up module, complete the short survey, and print your certificate for BACB CEUs

To manage your CEUs on the BACB web site, please use our ACE Provider # 0P-02-0017.

About this course

About this course:

This course uses a fluency model.  This model involves answering a series of questions, first during acquisition modules (one hour per module), and then again during fluency modules (which have a shorter time criterion).  The fluency model provides many opportunities for practice.  Each question is accompanied by a hint, to be used unless you are absolutely certain you know the answer. When hints are used properly, fluency-based courses can be errorless or near-errorless. Keep in mind that fluency-based courses employ a practice (active student responding) model that involves completing learning exercises that are similar to tests, but include hints and feedback. Concepts are learned when users consistently make correct discriminations on questions designed to teach concepts and promote generalization. This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs.

Learning Objectives


1. Select an appropriate response to the notion that true learning is impeded by structured learning
2. Select appropriate responses to the notion that discrete skills trivializes education and ignores the whole child
3. Select an appropriate response to the notion that drill and practice limits students' deep understanding and dulls their creativity
4. Select an appropriate response to the notion that student performance does not need to be measured
5. Select an appropriate response to the notion that students need to be internally motivated
6. Select an appropriate response to the notion that building student self-esteem is a primary goal
7. Select an appropriate response to the notion that students with disabilities require unending patience
8. Select an appropriate response to the notion that every child learns differently
9. Select an appropriate response to the notion that eclecticism is good
10. Select an appropriate response to attacks on best practices or supportive assertions of inadequate practices
11. Select options that reflect Heward’s (2003) conclusions regarding the 10 faulty notions

Recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs.



--The program worked great. I think that the fluency based model really helps me to quickly think about the correct answer which mimics real life. When I am talking with a parent or a professional you need to think on your feet and have that information readily available. I think this method teaches that.

--The course was excellent. I was skeptical of the format (timed, repeated responses), but it turned out to be fun and effective.

--This was very interesting to me – I would like to see more about education. I like the fluency format – it is like a game.

Mandatory Disclaimer

Mandatory Disclaimer:

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. does not sponsor, approve, or endorse Behavior Development Solutions, the material, information, or products described herein.

(Note that the above disclaimer does not mean that the BACB disapproves this product. They simply don't endorse any CE products or events and they want you to know this. However, they do approve providers and BDS is an Approved Learning CE Provider. Therefore, you can rest assured that your CEUs will be accepted by the BACB.)

System Requirements

System Requirements:

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