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Examination of Eco-Behavioral Assessments Designed for Understanding Complex Behaviors and Environments

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Author(s): Kristie L. Pretti-Frontczak | Sarah M. McGough | Laura Vilardo | Melody Tankersley

Journal: Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention
ISSN 1554-4893

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 81;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Eco-behavioral assessment | Observational systems

ABSTRACT
Second-generation intervention research requires methods for overcoming challenges to understanding complex learning ecologies and interactions of students. Eco-behavioral assessments (EBAs) are one solution to past intervention research challenges. EBAs record the effects of ecological variables in students’ behavior and daily interactions. The utility of EBAs in second-generation researchhas increased substantially. Numerous EBAs now exist for use with all ages of learners and provide a valid, reliable, and cost effective method for intervention research. This paper examines 18 EBAs as wellas software systems designed to support and enhance the use of EBAs. The examination serves as a comprehensive resource to better understand how EBAs can be used in answering complex questionsabout students’ learning and for advancing second-generation research.
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