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Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

David Wilder

First Committee Member

Kenneth Beauchamp

Second Committee Member

Carl Binder

Third Committee Member

Keven Schock

Abstract

While most agree that individuals with Schizophrenia require integrated skills training in multiple areas, fewer agree as to how to provide the most effective training. In this thesis, empirical studies on skills training for individuals with Schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders are examined briefly, with precision teaching representing a possible addition to the procedures currently used for rehabilitating and instructing these individuals. Precision teaching, an empirically validated instructional technology, focuses on fluency-based instruction and makes use of a standard chart to guide data-based instructional decisions. This study evaluates the effectiveness of using precision teaching for teaching basic math skills to 2 individuals with Schizophrenia. Results indicate that precision teaching effectively increased the rate of correct answers to multiplication problems during the intervention. In addition, during follow-up probes, both participants maintained greater knowledge of problems learned to a fluency criterion than those problems learned to a criterion of accuracy alone.

Pages

64

ISBN

9780493153339 , 0493153330

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