ERIC Number: ED246601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Observational Learning: Peer versus Adult Models and Autistic Children's Learning.
Ihrig, Kristin; Wolchik, Sharlene A.
The study compared the effectiveness of peer and adult models in teaching an expressive language task to four autistic boys (9-11 years old). Ss had well developed imitative repertoires and some spontaneous language. Using a BCBC design, counterbalanced across modeling conditions and replicated across Ss, autistic Ss were taught to respond to questions involving common objects and actions. The effectiveness of teaching methods was assessed through rate of learning, generalization, and maintenance of correct responding. Results indicated that all four Ss learned through observing peer and adult models and that few, consistent differences occurred across the two modeling conditions. Also, the degree of generalization of responding was consistently high in both conditions. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, April, 1984).