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Task Analysis

  • By: Holly Yager
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Task analysis is the process of breaking down a specific, complex behavior into small components in order for that behavior to be learned and then performed automatically on a regular basis. Typically, a task analysis is performed when a specific behavior is being taught to a student. School psychologists and other clinicians often complete a task analysis to teach new behaviors or to increase the frequency of present behaviors in children's and adults’ repertoires. An analysis of behavior includes identifying the need for improvement of a specific target behavior as well as recognizing the social significance and function that the behavior plays in the individual's life. Once the behavior is identified, the clinician typically performs a task analysis to determine the steps that will need ...

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