Effects of Teacher Training in Trial-Based Functional Analysis via Video Modeling [thesis]

Mary Haspel
Effects of Teacher Training in Trial-based Functional Analysis via Video-Modeling Mary Haspel Trial-based functional analysis (TBFA) is an efficient strategy for assessing challenging behavior in the classroom and a necessary step in developing effective functional assessmentbased interventions (FABI). However, researchers have identified several barriers limiting the applicability of this practice in schools, including difficulty in (a) training teachers to mastery; (b) assessing whether
more » ... ssing whether teachers can implement this practice independently, with fidelity, in natural settings; and (c) determining whether teachers can use functional analysis (FA) to identify functions of problem behavior and develop effective interventions. This study will address these gaps in the literature by using a novel approach for training teachers to implement TBFA and develop subsequent behavior plans. Video modeling is an evidence-based practice for helping children in school-based settings acquire new skills, and has some evidence supporting its use with teachers. This study assessed the effects of using video self-modeling in training teachers to conduct TBFA in classrooms. The primary dependent variable was treatment fidelity of teacher implementation of TBFA. Additional analyses included teachers' ability to use student data to identify the function of problem behavior and develop appropriate FABI. Terminology Key terms were defined as follows for the purposes of this study: Functional behavioral assessment: Umbrella term used to reference descriptive assessment procedures for challenging behavior that encompass both indirect (e.g., interviews, rating scales) and direct (observational) methods to identify the function of challenging behavior and develop FABI (Hanley et al., 2003). Functional assessment-based interventions (FABI): Treatment plan based on results of a descriptive or experimental functional assessment that includes manipulation of antecedents and maintaining consequences as a means of reducing challenging behavior (Horner, 1994) . Functional analysis (FA): Specific experimental procedure for directly assessing behavior by manipulating consequences of problem behavior to identify function (Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer,
doi:10.33915/etd.3847 fatcat:k54ixmjfezdiddobeiwivjfgge