Date of Award
Master of Science
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OFDanielle N. Crespo, for the Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy, presented on January 18, 2022, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: A COMPARISON OF FEEDBACK SEQUENCING FOR INCREASING SKILLS WITH IMPLEMENTING BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLANSMAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Paige Boydston Schools and school employees have been tasked with providing social, emotional, and behavioral supports to a rising number of students. Training staff to implement these supports with fidelity is crucial. Providing feedback to staff implementing behavior intervention plans is a method to increasing performance. In the present study, a multiple baseline across behaviors was utilized to compare different sequences of feedback statements on paraprofessional job performance. Three feedback sequences were compared: Positive-Corrective-Positive (PCP), Positive-Positive-Corrective (PPC), and Corrective-Positive-Positive (CPP). The results of this study showed the PCP condition, commonly known as the feedback sandwich, showed the quickest results to mastering skills. However, results from a preference questionnaire showed most paraprofessionals preferred the CPP sequence, with the PCP sequence being rated second in preference. Overall, results from this study show the PCP sequence may be an effective tool in training paraprofessionals in a school setting.
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