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Volume 6, Issue 4 (1977)

Ethical and Legal Implications of Behavior Modification in the Classroom

pp. 57—63

The rapid growth of the field of behavior modification has caused two problems. The first is that the practitioner cannot look to professional groups for guidelines for ethical practice ; this means of behavior change has not been practiced long enough or by a large enough group of practitioners to be specifically referred to in codes of ethics. The second problem brought about by the swift development of behavioral technology is that persons served by educational institutions control educational practices through their representatives in state legislatures and on school boards, yet know dangerously little about the processes or theoretical foundations of behavior modification. Knowledge has simply not existed long enough to have become general knowledge in society. Behavior modification techniques seem contrary to sound psychological or educational practice because they break so thoroughly with previous psychological tradition.

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