Volume 30, Issue 2 (2001)
Functional Assessment: Old Wine in New Bottles
Ruth A. Ervin, Kristal E. Ehrhardt, Alan Poling
Abstract. This manuscript traces functional assessment (FA) in school settings to early contributions by B. F. Skinner that are evident in Science and Human Behavior (1953). The logic and methods of functional assessment are evident in Skinner’s writings, and many early researchers and practitioners influenced by his ideas employed FA in designing interventions in schools and other settings. FA has continued to play an important role in behavior analysis, and the value of this approach in dealing with behavior problems in many settings, including schools, has long been evident. Although interest in FA in school settings has only recently become widespread, FA in education has a long and impressive history.
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