Social Validity Discussion

To prepare: As you read your course text and the Kavale et al. (2009) and Volpe et al. (2005) articles, consider how the procedures discussed can be influenced by environmental factors. Imagine situations in which interventions that may make sense scientifically would not be appropriate because of environmental factors. Think about how behavioral principles may be used inappropriately. By Day 3 Post by Day 3: Explain why considering social validity of behaviors/interventions is important in selecting target behavior and developing an intervention. Required Readings Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Chapter 4, “Measuring Behavior” (pp. 74-98) Kavale, K. A., Spaulding, L. S., & Beam, A. P. (2009). A time to define: Making the specific learning disability definition prescribe specific learning disability. Learning Disability Quarterly, 32 39–48. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. Volpe, R. J., DiPerna, J. C., Hintze, J. M., & Shapiro, E. S. (2005). Observing students in classroom settings: A review of seven coding schemes. School Psychology Review, 34, 454–474. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. Wolf, M. M. (1978). Social validity: The case for subjective measurement or how applied behavior analysis is finding its heart. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 11(2), 203–214. Social Validity: The Case for Subjective Measurement or How Applied Behavior Analysis is Finding its Heart by Wolf, M. M., in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Vol. 11/Issue 2. Copyright 1978 by John Wiley & Sons – Journals. Reprinted by permission of John Wiley & Sons – Journals via the Copyright Clearance Center.

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