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Thomas F. Gilbert (1926 — 1994) was a psychologist who is often known as the founder of the field of human performance technology, also known as Human Performance Technology (HPT). Gilbert himself coined and used the term Performance Engineering. Gilbert applied his understanding of behavioral psychology to improve human performance at work and at school. He is best known for his book Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance. Gilbert devised HPT when he realized that formal learning programs often only brought about a change in knowledge, not a change in behavior. Other techniques were needed to bring about a lasting change in behavior.

Dr. Gilbert trained under the behavioral psychologist B.F.Skinner at Harvard University.

Gilbert applied this model to the world of work and school by observing that Performance is a function of an interaction between a person's Behavior and his/her Environment (P = B x E) and then defining the elements of the ABC model within each of these two domains. He called the resulting model the Performance Engineering Model, and used it to identify opportunities to systematically develop the managerially controllable systems and other factors in the work and school environments which support employee/student performance. These improvements sometimes resulted in dramatic increases in performance.

Dr. Gilbert developed the Behavior and Environment registers of the model outlined above with the basic framework of the Skinnerian operant behavioral model. This framework = Discriminative Stimulus --> Response --> Reinforcing or Aversive Stimulus (= SD --> R --> S+/-).

This paradigm can be summarized as the ABC theory: Antecedents lead to Behaviors which, in turn, lead to Consequences. The nature of these consequenses effect the probability of future expressions of this behavior. In other words, behaviors are prompted by stimuli which then result in responses which are, in turn, followed by reinforcing or aversive consequences. The reward or punishment value of these consequences, that is, increases or decreases the probability of future repetition of this behavior.

Conjointly using these two models (P = B x E to create a top and bottom register; and the ABC model to create three columns across each of the two B and E rows) Gilbert identified six variables which he believed were necessary to improve human performance: information, resources, incentives, knowledge, capacity, and motives. Gilbert believed that it was absence of performance support at work, not an individual's lack of knowledge or skill, that was the greatest barrier to exemplary performance. Therefore, he believed it was most necessary to focus on variables in the work environment before addressing an individual's variables.

Dr. Gilbert's work has created much of the organizing framework upon which the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is based. The ISPI award the Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, previously called the Outstanding Member and Distinguished Professional Achievement, that was renamed in 1996 in honor of Gilbert.

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Total Books: 20
Oklahoma Boy
2010 - Oklahoma Boy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782359760002
ISBN-10: 2359760009
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Plan for the Better Relief and Employment of the Poor
2010 - Plan for the Better Relief and Employment of the Poor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151784629
ISBN-10: 1151784621
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New Zealand Settlers and Soldiers
2009 - New Zealand Settlers and Soldiers (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781151755896
ISBN-10: 1151755893
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And The Egret Cawed
2009 - And the Egret Cawed (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780557183425
ISBN-10: 0557183421
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New Zealand Settlers and Soldiers
2009 - New Zealand Settlers and Soldiers (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781115935692
ISBN-10: 1115935690
Genre: History
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New Zealand Settlers and Soldiers
2009 - New Zealand Settlers and Soldiers (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781115935708
ISBN-10: 1115935704
Genre: History
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Film A World History
2008 - Film a World History (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780810971400
ISBN-10: 0810971402
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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Chemistry Student Solutions Manual The Science in Context
2004 - Chemistry Student Solutions Manual the Science in Context (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393979862
ISBN-10: 0393979865
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Chemistry The Science in Context
2004 - Chemistry the Science in Context (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393979442
ISBN-10: 039397944X
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Damn Yankees Casey Whitey Yogi and the Mick
1998 - Damn Yankees Casey Whitey Yogi and the Mick [Gilbert, Thomas W. American Game.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780531158791
ISBN-10: 0531158799
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Damn Yankees Casey Whitey Yogi and the Mick
1997 - Damn Yankees Casey Whitey Yogi and the Mick [American Game] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780531113387
ISBN-10: 0531113388
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Dead Ball Major League Baseball Before Babe Ruth
1996 - Dead Ball Major League Baseball Before Babe Ruth [The American Game] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780531112625
ISBN-10: 0531112624
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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The Good Old Days Baseball in the 1930s
1996 - The Good Old Days Baseball in the 1930s [Gilbert, Thomas W. American Game.] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780531112786
ISBN-10: 0531112780
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Superstars and Monopoly Wars Nineteenth-Century Major-League Baseball
1995 - Superstars and Monopoly Wars Nineteenth-century Major-league Baseball [American Game] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780531112472
ISBN-10: 0531112470
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Chemistry The Science in Context Folder
Chemistry the Science in Context Folder (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780393113594
ISBN-10: 0393113590
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The Soaring Twenties Babe Ruth and the Home-Run Decade
The Soaring Twenties Babe Ruth and the Home-run Decade [Gilbert, Thomas W. American Game.] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780531112793
ISBN-10: 0531112799
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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