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BEHP1107: 10 Faulty Notions in Teaching and Learning in Special Education is a Course

BEHP1107: 10 Faulty Notions in Teaching and Learning in Special Education

Time limit: 60 days
1 credit

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Full course description

Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Credit: 1 Learning BACB CE

Presenter: William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D

Course Description: Like all learners, students with disabilities progress best when they actively participate in well-executed instructional programs informed by scientific research. Unfortunately, many with disabilities spend their school days in programs that are misinformed by a set of widely held beliefs about teaching and learning. Ten well-intentioned but misguided notions and reasons each notion is mistaken are identified. Suggestions for practitioners to counter these notions and the worst practices they encourage are offered.


  • Understand that special education should be individually planned, specialized, intensive, and goal-directed instruction. State two additional defining features of special education when it is practiced most effectively and ethically.
  • Name 10 widely held notions about teaching and learning that impede the systematic use of research-based instructional practices and hinder the effectiveness of special education.
  • Give a practical example of how each of the 10 notions might be operationalized in the classroom and state why each practice hinders optimal learning outcomes for students.
  • Name eight instructional practices derived from the empirical research identified.
  • State four reasons so many educators today subscribe to these faulty notions.
  • State three recommended actions that can help teachers be less influenced by these faulty notions and more likely to use research-based practices and give a practical example of applying each recommendation.

Keywords: Learning, disabilities, teaching, special education, instruction, mistakes in teaching, discrete trials, school 

Rating: This is presentation is recommended for teachers, behavior analysts, anyone working in educational settings and anyone who works with children and adolescents.                     

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Note: The 60-day access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access. 

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech will no longer offer extensions for new purchases.  Purchases made prior to this date will be eligible for an extension per the previous policy:

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA Learning (type-2) on-demand CE course may be extended a maximum of three times within six months of the original course purchase. After six months from the original date of purchase, the course will need to be purchased again. 


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Important note:  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.

Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)