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Using a Modified Pyramidal Training Model to Teach Special Education Teachers to Conduct Trial-Based Functional Analyses

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functional analysis, teachers, teacher training, coaching data analysis


Functional behavioral assessments are commonly used in school settings to assess and develop interventions for problem behavior. The trial-based functional analysis is an approach that teachers can use in their classrooms to identify the function of problem behavior. The current study evaluates the effectiveness of a modified pyramidal training procedure in which special education program coordinators were taught to conduct trial-based functional analyses and then provided support to special education teachers who were taught to conduct trial-based functional analyses and to calculate, graph, and analyze data.


Kunnavatana, S. S., Bloom, S. E., Samaha, A. L., Lignugaris Kraft, B., Dayton, E., & Harris, S. (2013). Using a modified pyramidal training model to teach special education teachers to conduct trial-based functional analyses. Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(4), 267-285. doi:10.1177/0888406413500152.

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