Publication Date

1982

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Repp, Alan C.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Department

Department of Learning, Development, and Special Education

LCSH

Time-series analysis||Observation (Psychology)||Sequential analysis

Abstract

The present experiment is a technical study which contributes to the methodological literature on measurement procedures in applied behavior analysis. Its purpose is to verify empirically the use of various time sampling procedures with sequential group observation. The experiment combines the use of actual and different durations of behavior with a computer software simulation of sequential 5-, 10-, 20-, and 30-second momentary time sampling, 5-second partial interval, and 5-second whole interval sampling procedures across five subjects. The results show the extent to which the measurement procedures yield data that accurately represent the various true durations. A small measurement error for all five subjects is only achieved with 5-second momentary time sampling at the two highest durations studied. Accuracy of sequential time sampling is thus shown to be a function of the measurement procedure and of the duration of behavior.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.

Extent

35 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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