Free Event "Mastery: Defined Functionally, Measured Behaviorally." Presented by Dr. Nick Berens. CEUs offered
Free Event! CEUs for Board Certified Behavior Analysts offered.
Abstract: Generally speaking, the concept of ‘mastery’ is well understood. We know a masterful performer when we see one. His or her performance seems to come naturally, quickly and accurately. Difficult or complex tasks are made to look effortless and novel problems are readily overcome. On the other hand, the absence of mastery is equally apparent. Critical skill deficits result in measurably slow, frustrating, inflexible performance and can adversely affect one’s quality of life. As such, mastery is a commonly stated goal of educators in their crafting of skill acquisition plans. Unfortunately, inspection of common goal setting practices by behaviorists and educators reveals an unsettling divide. Whereas the characteristics of mastery listed above represent broad programmatic goals, the specific ‘mastery criteria’ for acquisition targets are often woefully inadequate to produce such results. In this presentation, barriers to adequate goal setting such as inappropriate measurement systems and charting conventions will be addressed. The desired result of the presentation is to empower attendees to move away from goals like, “80% correct across three consecutive trials…” toward criteria more fitting of our experience of functional mastery in everyday life.