School Psychology Review

Behavioral Observation for the School Psychologist: Responsive-Discrepancy Model

Galen James Alessi

pp. 31-45

Behavioral Assessment

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ABSTRACT: Few school psychologists perform behavioral observation in the classroom. Many do not knowhow to perform such observations. Others have been frustrated in these attempts. Many of the problems encountered revolve around several issues: How are the data interpreted once obtained? How do you select and define behaviors for observation? How can various behaviors be measured? How is validity strengthened? How are the results presented to teachers? How can one get started?. Suggested solutions for these issues are presented. Examples are presented of protocols used for recording behavior observations.