The Use of Performance Criteria for Determining “Mastery” in Discrete-trial Instruction: A Call for Research | Journal Club Series

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Dr. Nicole Bank, BCBA, LBA-TX

Available for 3 Learning CEUs

This installment in our Journal Club Series will cover the article, “The use of performance criteria for determining “mastery” in discrete-trial instruction: A call for research” authored by Fienup and Carr published in Behavioral Interventions. CEU credits are provided for reading the article, participating in an online discussion, and completing an article content quiz. Article link: A full text version is available to you through your Portal at the BACB

The phrases mastery or skills mastered are often used when making clinical decisions regarding instructional programming. Although mastery is frequently used in the context of skill acquisition and direct instruction, there is very little research on this topic. The following article is a literature review of mastery criteria research and a call for future research.

This is an interactive live online journal club. Participants will receive 3.0 Type II BACB® CEUs for completing all journal club activities. Participants are required to have read the entire article before attending the scheduled one-hour live online journal club discussion. Journal club discussions will include article details, article results, and implications for practice. Active participation is required. CEU credit will be provided after completing an article content quiz on the BDS learning platform. Only those who read the article and actively participate in the live online discussion will be invited to take the content quiz. BDS is interested in increasing scholarly activities and discussion among BCBAs and BCaBAs. Stay tuned for future CEU events in the BDS Journal Club Series!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase the journal club meeting you would like to attend.
  2. Follow instructions for downloading a copy of the article.
  3. Add the following emails to your contacts in order to avoid important emails going to spam: AND

  1. Receive an email with instructions on scheduling your online discussion at a date and time that is most convenient for you.
  2.       If the product page indicates that a session is already scheduled, you may be able to join it; or, you could pick a different time.
  3. Once the online discussion is scheduled, you will receive a link for the online discussion.
  4. Read the article in it’s entirety.
  5. Join the journal club meeting at the scheduled time. Please mute your microphone upon entry.
  6. Stay online and involved for the 1-hour journal club meeting.
  7. Receive a link to the content quiz.
  8. Complete the content quiz to 80% accuracy.
  9. Receive 3 CEUs.


  1. Define and describe mastery criterion (also referred to as performance criterion)
  2. State the purpose of this paper
  3. List some of the performance standards used in behavior analytic research and practice
  4. Describe the experimental evaluations of different performance-criterion levels on outcomes
  5. List some of the recommended research topics in this area

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