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Antecedents can:
  • Prompt behavior to occur so it can be reinforced,
  • Signal that a particular behavior will be reinforced,
  • Demonstrate behavior that will be reinforced
  • Communicate the conditions under which behavior will be reinforced

And these antecedents can take a myriad of forms including:

  • Written instructions,
  • Environmental structure
  • Verbal or physical prompts
  • The behavior of others

The antecedent influences on behavior form an incredibly rich array that are subject to manipulation and control by us as teachers interested in behavior change.

In the next section we will go over some examples of these concepts in action.

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