This study compares two methods of data collection for students' social behaviors. One method employed time sampling procedures, while the other method used handheld computerized devices and the Multi-Option Observation System for Experimental Studies (MOOSES) system. Both coding systems were used to assess social behaviors of students with emotional disabilities during writing instruction. The middle-school-aged students, all classified as having EBD, were enrolled in classes to improve their written expression. Students were assessed for on-task, off-task, and multitask behaviors. Results revealed some surprising differences. When students were relatively consistent with attendance and on-task behaviors, the methods yielded comparable results; however, when students were more disruptive and demonstrated more inconsistent behaviors, different patterns emerged. Implications and recommendations for future research and practice are discussed.
Agrawal, J., Allen-Bronaugh, D. and Mastropieri, M. (2011), "A comparison of observational techniques for assessing students' social behavior", Scruggs, T. and Mastropieri, M. (Ed.) Assessment and Intervention (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 93-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0735-004X(2011)0000024007Download as .RIS
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