ERIC Number: ED361981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Automated Expert Assistance on the Training of Mental Retardation Professionals.
Hile, Matthew G.; Campbell, Donna M.
This paper describes the use of an automated performance support system, the Mental Retardation-Expert (MR-E), in the training of 16 student clinicians to think "functionally" about undesirable behaviors of persons with mental retardation or developmental disabilities (MR/DD). The MR-E models human expertise in behavioral diagnosis and treatment, expanded and supported by the current scientific literature. The MR-E assists in the development of functionally based treatment protocols for individuals with MR/DD who engage in significant disruptive behaviors. The MR-E also provides an interactive process of case consultation and a basic understanding of the relationship between functional hypotheses and treatment. A pretest versus posttest strategy was applied to the environmental group (N=16) and control group (N=7), producing results that indicated that both training and interactive experience with the MR-E lead inexperienced clinicians to accept its recommendations. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A