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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
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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

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  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.


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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)