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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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MEDEIROS, José Gonçalves. Conditional discrimination as a method for teaching children to read in collective classroom situation. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp.30-49. ISSN 1516-3687.

The project aimed: 1. to teach a reading repertoire composed of words commonly used in the initial series, but related to each other; and 2. to create and systematize a collective teaching system based on a single‑subject system. The subjects were 24 children, of both sexes, from a public school. The procedure was the conditional discrimination, used to gradually increase their ability to pair models and comparison stimuli, through a sequence of teaching steps.The teaching was carried out collectively, but the tests were administered individually. Because of the difficulty in establishing unified performance criteria to the whole class two groups - one collective and the other individual - were formed. Children of both groups read the words that had been taught, but only the children of the collective group were able to read the generalization words.

Keywords : applied behavior analysis; conditional discrimination; teaching; reading; equivalence in collective situation.

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