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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Paper Session #164
Classroom Assessment of Behavioral Attributes and Competencies
Monday, May 30, 2016
8:00 AM–8:20 AM
Regency Ballroom B, Hyatt Regency, Gold West
Area: EDC
Chair: Francis Mechner (The Mechner Foundation)
Classroom Assessment of Behavioral Attributes and Competencies
Domain: Service Delivery
FRANCIS MECHNER (The Mechner Foundation), Laurilyn Dianne Jones (The Mechner Foundation)
Abstract: 20 behavioral competencies and attributes, covering social interaction, self-management, classroom performance, subject matter competency, and certain thinking skills and learning skills are assessed by means of teacher ratings. The research was conducted in three small schools. Most of the data were based on ratings by multiple teachers, each of whom had daily individualized contact with each of the students, and rated every student on the 20 categories on a ten-point scale. The ratings were then analyzed statistically to determine the probability that they were due only to chance, and the degree to which different raters agreed. A consensus is said to exist when there is a probability of less than 5% that a number of ratings for a given student on a given behavioral category, can be considered as being due to chance. When the ratings of a category for a student do not reflect a statistical consensus, the definition of the category was considered inadequate for a reliable assessment of that category and the category was considered unsatisfactory. This method of assessment is made possible by a team approach, in which several teachers have daily contact with every student. The results of applying this assessment method will be presented.



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