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Research and its Application in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Discuss how research is an effective tool for the ABA professional working in a setting.

Describe the different types of data collection strategies that can be used to take data on behavior modification programs. Also discuss inter-observer and procedural reliability.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to explore the applicability of ABA (which I take to be Applied Behavioral Analysis due to the context of the problem you presented). I suggest using this simple outline to answer this problem:

1. ON ABA - overview
2. Application on research based on settings - 100 words
3. Types of data used on behavior modification - 100 words
4. Issues in reliability - 100 words

This outline should yield around 400 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of behavior analysis. This is the science of behavior observation and exploration in which experts like John Watson and BF Skinner proposed that to understand behavior - it is better to focus on behavior itself - what is observable and what can be seen instead of the unobservable - that is, postulating what is going in 'inside the mind'. Experts in this field focus on 2 key areas and concern themselves with specific elements as expressed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (n.d.) -

"It has two main branches: experimental and applied behavior analysis...professionals in applied behavior analysis engage in the specific and comprehensive use of principles of learning, including operant and respondent conditioning, in order to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings. Examples of these applications include: building the skills and achievements of children in school settings; enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities; and augmenting the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tacking the task (see above) on the topic of the applicability of ABA in research and practice. An outline is suggested and resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.