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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Paper Session #151
Increasing Access to Trainings for Disruptive Behavior: Developing and Validating a Virtual Teacher Training Package
Saturday, May 29, 2021
5:30 PM–5:55 PM
Area: EDC
Chair: Jessica M Petri (Auburn University)
Increasing Access to Trainings for Disruptive Behavior: Developing and Validating a Virtual Teacher Training Package
Domain: Applied Research
Odessa Luna (St. Cloud State University), JESSICA PETRI (Auburn University)
Abstract: Although behavioral skills training is empirically supported for training teachers to manage disruptive behavior, there are barriers preventing access for under-resourced schools. In the current study, researchers developed and piloted a virtual training analog in which participants select teacher responses to animated student scenarios. Educational professionals (N = 11) recruited via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk interacted with the tool and completed surveys on work experience and perceptions. Participants identified as 63.6% female, and racially diverse (36.4% White; 18.2% Asian; 18.2% Black; 18.2% Latinx; 9.1% multiracial). All participants worked with children with challenging behavior (1-30 years experience) and 72.7% had intervened on severe problem behavior. Pilot results indicated most participants’ (n = 9) correct responding increased. Participants with low skills at baseline appeared to benefit most from modeling and feedback. In addition, six participants appeared to have strong skills and correct responding at baseline and two participants did not complete the full training and demonstrated patterns of plateaued responding. On the survey, most participants reported the virtual tool would increase effective behavior management in their classrooms, increase availability of teacher training, and be beneficial to a range of educational professionals. Data collection for the full validation sample is underway.



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