Description of the Strategy

Environmental events (i.e., antecedents and consequences) shape behaviors in an individual's response repertoire. Within educational contexts, acquisition typically has been defined as the first of four hierarchical phases of learning (i.e., acquisition, fluency, maintenance, and generalization) through which novel behaviors are mastered. The term acquisition has been used to describe the transition from unlearned to learned behavior. Acquisition also has been called the period of “initial learning” during which new skills are gained. From a stimulus control perspective, acquisition is predictable and accurate responding in the presence of antecedent stimuli that are members of a specific stimulus class and predictable, as well as accurate, responding in the presence of antecedent stimuli that are not members of that specific ...

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