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What is Precision Teaching?

1 hours, 18 minutes
1.5 BACB

“Some colleagues feel we need to individualize instruction for everybody. They think that because everyone is an individual, we can’t find ways that can work for everyone, and that’s simply not true. We have laws of learning, these principles of learning. We can uncover things that work for many people, and that’s what we do.” 

Richard Kubina, PhD, BCBA-D


Ogden Lindsley was one of Skinner’s students and wanted to use behavior analysis from the lab to help people. This is how Precision Teaching (PT) was born: as a combination of rate of response and cumulative response recording. Precision Teaching holds the same values as ABA, with a focus on only observable behavior and using data to guide decision making while also having learners interpret their own performance data as well. Richard Kubina explains the use of the standard celeration chart and how it fits into the tenets of Precision Teaching, along with steps of how to implement Precision Teaching. Using PT to its fullest potential can offer a lot of benefits when embedded into ABA practice.

Learning Objectives

What you’ll learn in the course and be able to do afterward

  1. Given the history and background of Precision Teaching, you will be able to
    • list two components that make up Precision Teaching;
    • name and describe the four tenets of Precision Teaching;
    • list and describe the four steps in the Precision Teaching process;
    • explain three success stories when Precision Teaching was used.


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