Error Correction

Error Correction

The science of teaching has provided many effective tools. However, even the best planned lesson may not be effective- there are no perfect lessons. Therefore, students will make errors. We should aim to minimize the error rate but we should also have systematic plans in place when errors occur. We will briefly review some of the current literature regarding error correction (EC), which points to the importance of stimulus control and differential reinforcement. We will then discuss four specific types of EC and related them to specific types of lessons. First, we will consider one strategy for errors within discrete trial types of lessons. Then we will review two types of EC within sequential lessons. Finally, we will review potential strategies when shaping is our primary teaching strategy. With these strategies associated with specific lesson types, we should never be surprised when the next error occurs and should always have a reactive plan.    

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