Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W41
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
How to Assess Progress in Public School Settings: Data Collection Systems That Anyone Can Use
Friday, May 27, 2005
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
4A (4th floor)
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Cheryl J. Davis, M.Ed.
CHERYL J. DAVIS (New England Center for Children), NICOLE CIOTTI GARDENIER (New England Center for Children), AMY GECKLER (New England Center for Children), JUNE M. SANCHEZ (New England Center for Children)
Description: Data analysis is a fundamental part of Applied Behavior Analysis. This workshop will provide a review of and practical guidelines for observation and measurement procedures in public school settings. The workshop will briefly review identifying and prioritizing target responses and developing operational definitions. A particular emphasis will be placed on selecting appropriate methods for measuring target responses including baseline, treatment and maintenance data collection techniques. Advantages and disadvantages of various measurement methods will be discussed with particular emphasis on selecting the most accurate measurement methods possible given the other responsibilities one has in the public school.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop the participant will be able to: - Identify the skill to be targeted. - Describe appropriate measurement methods based on video-taped samples of behavior. - Describe advantages and disadvantages of various measurement methods for a variety of target responses. - Summarize, interpret, and evaluate data.
Activities: This workshop will emphasize trainee participation in a series of exercises. For identifying the target skill, trainees will generate skills to be taught from video-taped behavior samples and case studies. For measurement methods, trainees will (a) use a variety of measurement methods to record behaviors of varying frequency, duration, and temporal distribution; and (b) evaluate accuracy using sampling methods with varying procedures to measure the same target response. Participants will also summarize and interpret data samples and then practice writing progress reports according to the data summaries.
Audience: This workshop is for clinicians, therapists, teachers, parents, students, and anyone else who would like to collect useful data, who are novel to data collection techniques, or who would like a review of data collection techniques. This workshop is also beneficial for behavior analysts who are preparing to take the board certification examination. The workshop will focus primarily on Task List Content area #7.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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