A substantial increase in the number of children being diagnosed with autism within the past decade has greatly expanded the need for qualified individuals to serve as therapists, teachers, and aides for these students. Leaders in corporate, community, and educational organizations are having a difficult time meeting the diverse training needs of students, parents, and staff. A servant-operant leadership approach provided a framework for the study. Using a quasi-experimental design, this study evaluated the effects of a fluency-based procedure used to train emerging educational leaders on one component needed when using the verbal behavior approach to teach children with autism. This study included a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) that compared treatments with and without fluency procedures and determined if fluency-based procedures improved skill acquisition, application, written retention, and oral retention. Thirty-nine graduate education students completed the study with slightly more than half of the group receiving fluency training from the researcher. Results of the study indicated that participants in the experimental group learned, applied, and retained information significantly better than the control group. Discussion on the importance of leaders evaluating training and education programs and a call for future research on fluency-based training procedures are presented.
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Educational leadership, Special education|
|Keywords:||Autism, Training programs, Verbal behavior|
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