Title

Classroom Application of a Trial-Based Functional Analysis

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Volume

44

Publication Date

2011

First Page

19

Last Page

31

Abstract

We evaluated a trial-based approach to conducting functional analyses in classroom settings. Ten students referred for problem behavior were exposed to a series of assessment trials, which were interspersed among classroom activities throughout the day. Results of these trial-based functional analyses were compared to those of more traditional functional analyses. Outcomes of both assessments showed correspondence in 6 of the 10 cases and partial correspondence in a 7th case. Results of the standard functional analysis suggested reasons for obtained differences in 2 cases of noncorrespondence, which were verified when portions of the trial-based functional analyses were modified and repeated. These results indicate that a trial-based functional analysis may be a viable assessment method when resources needed to conduct a standard functional analysis are unavailable. Implications for classroom-based assessment methodologies and future directions for research are discussed.

Comments

Originally published by the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

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