By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Founding Editor, bSci21.org
Fresh off the press at the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is a new study by Quinn, Miltenberger, and Fogel (2015) reporting on the use of a TAGteach system to improve dance movement.
TAGteach, or “Teaching with Acoustical Guidance” is a form of clicker training wherein the trainer can provide more immediate and frequent auditory feedback than would be otherwise possible.
The researchers trained dance teachers to utilize TAGteach with four of their students and targeted three different dance techniques. The students were given a simple rule that auditory TAGteach feedback meant the movement was executed properly.
The results suggested TAGteach was successful across all movements and students, though one student required a supplemental token system in addition to the TAGteach system to show performance improvement.
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Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns bSci21.org and BAQuarterly.com. Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues. He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas. Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.