Practical and Hands-on Behavioral Psychology in the Self-Contained Classroom

Zachary Sanford, Science, W.A. Hough HS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


The focus of this unit is on behavioral psychology and creating hands on experiences for students with and without intellectual disabilities. This unit will provide a completed adapted chapter with picture symbols, adapted text, hands on experiences, adapted worksheets, and adapted assessment activities. The unit will begin with a brief summary and definitions of behavior, stimulus, psychology, and behaviorism. The students will have an opportunity to collect data on different stimuli during an activity. The unit will then provide information, videos, and hands on activities involving Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, and Observational Learning. The students will also be provided with information about important research and the practitioners who helped to develop the major concepts and knowledge base of behavioral psychology. At the end of each section, the students will have the ability to demonstrate their learning by conducting hands on conditioning experiments. The students will be assessed using vignettes that will require students to apply their knowledge and understanding of the major concepts of behavioral psychology.