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Applying functional assessment in general education classrooms

Pamela Jean Larson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Functional assessment is a multi-step process that addresses both contextual and operant variables in order to arrive at interventions that are both effective and socially valid. Although there is evidence that functional assessment can be used in general education settings to effectively address problem behaviors, the application of functional assessment has relied heavily on technical assistance by experts in functional analysis. This study was conducted to determine the ability of general education classroom teachers to independently apply functional assessment within their classrooms following basic training in it's theory and procedures. Two general education classroom teachers were provided training by the investigator in an in-service format. Subsequently, the teachers conducted functional assessment procedures with students with both mild and no disabilities within their classrooms. The teachers efforts lead to a reduction in problematic behavior for identified students. Treatment acceptability of functional assessment was shown to be favorable to participating teachers. ^

Subject Area

Education, Special

Recommended Citation

Larson, Pamela Jean, "Applying functional assessment in general education classrooms" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9977001.