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Using the resources provided in the case study (i.e., STAR Sheets) and the corresponding case study template, answer each item in the case study in the unit in full. Case studies will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and information presented in the STAR Sheets, as well as on grammar, spelling, and formatting.
Case Study Unit 1: Defining Behavior
Case Study Template
Defining Behavior: Case Study
Using the STAR sheets that follow the cases, answer each case study question in the unit in the template below. Keep the questions in bold. Format your answers in italics.
Level A: Case 1
Use the Table beloT to complete the following:
|Criteria||Target Behavior:||Desired Behavior:|
|Stated in Positive Terms|
|Clear, Concise, and Complete|
Level A: Case 2
Identify Mrs. Banks’ definition of Raúl’s target behavior. Is the definition stated in positive terms? Is it measurable, observable, and clear, concise, and complete?
Level B: Case 1
What elements of an operation definition are not included in Ms. Leigh’s definition?
Level B: Case 2
List the three target behaviors that Mr. Brown identified for Felicia. Explain why you think each of these definitions is sufficient or insufficient.
Level C: Case 1
Is there sufficient information from the teachers to create an operational definition for all the behaviors mentioned? Explain why or why not.
Level C: Case 2
Using the information gathered from all teachers, create an operational definition for each problem behavior mentioned by Stephanie’s general education teachers:
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The behavior that has been identified as needing to be changed is referred to as the “target behavior.” Either function or topography may be used to define this behavior. Both are viable options. A response environment. can be identified as a functionally defined target behavior based on the effect that it has on the person or the environment. Pica, for instance, refers to the practice of inserting non-edible objects into one’s mouth and then consuming them.
On the other hand, definitions that are based on topography identify a response by the form it takes. Because they lead to more accurate and reliable measurement systems and because they capture the response class more accurately, function-based definitions are preferred and should be used whenever possible. This is because function-based definitions are preferable and should be used wherever possible.