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ERIC Number: EJ789965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Determining Individual Preschoolers' Preferences in a Group Arrangement
Layer, Stacy A.; Hanley, Gregory P.; Heal, Nicole A.; Tiger, Jeffrey H.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v41 n1 p25-37 Spr 2008
This study sought to determine the accuracy of an assessment format in which selection outcomes were delayed and probabilistic; these are unavoidable features of an assessment designed to determine preferences of multiple children simultaneously. During the single arrangement, preference hierarchies were established by having a child repeatedly select from among several foods and by sequentially restricting preferred items from the array. After being taught the associations between colored cards and the same food items, group assessments were conducted with 3 children simultaneously, in which each child chose a card and all children received the food correlated with a randomly selected card from those that had just been selected. The group assessment appeared to be accurate and perhaps more efficient for determining preferences; thus, we posit that this arrangement is suitable for determining context preferences of multiple children simultaneously. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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