Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W64
CE Offered: BACB
Introduction to Data Collection Methods
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Boulevard B (2nd floor)
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Bobby Newman, Ph.D.
BOBBY NEWMAN (Room to Grow), TAMMY HAMMOND NATOF (Effective Interventions)
Description: Too often, individuals who are attempting to apply behavior analytic instruction have not been trained in the usage of a full range of data collection methodologies. They have one or two particular systems that are in use at their program (e.g., percent correct or frequency), but avoid the use of a myriad of other data collection strategies (e.g., fluency, latency, probe data, etc.). This is an introductory level workshop that will describe various systems of data collection commonly used within Applied Behavior Analytic settings (e.g., intensive programs for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, mainstream educational settings, adult rehabilitation programs). Various systems of data collection in applied settings will be introduced and explored. These will include: frequency data, rate measures, latency, magnitude, duration, percent correct (in a trial by trial format), and probe data. In addition, specific data sampling techniques such as Partial Interval Recording and Momentary Time Sampling will be discussed. How and when to use each of the above will be discussed, and practice will be provided from videotaped and audio examples. A pop quiz of given scenarios will also be provided, and participants encouraged to discuss which data collection system they would employ for each scenario and why.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will (be able to): - Learn the definitions of each of the several types of data collection listed above - Learn how to use each type of data collection. - Learn when to use each type of data collection. - Practice systems of deriving inter-observer agreement - Teach others data collection strategies.
Activities: Participants will hear lecture and will partake in practice in the various types of data collection described.
Audience: This is an introductory level workshop for parents and direct care providers, as well as staff trainers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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