Culminating Project Title

Developing a Taxonomy of Coaching Behavior

Date of Award

8-2018

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.

Department

Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

College

School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Second Advisor

Kimberly Schulze

Third Advisor

Michele Traub

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

behavioral coaching, descriptive field assessment, Behavioral Coaching Inventory

Abstract

In the field of applied behavior analysis, there is currently a lack of technicality pertaining to the term behavioral coaching. Previous research has investigated the use of behavioral principles applied to training coaches to shape behaviors. However, there is currently no behavioral literature available that has investigated how coaches allocate their behavior throughout practice. The purpose of the current study was to develop a taxonomy of coaching behavior that may aid behavior analysts to better analyze coaching behaviors by investigating what behaviors coaches engage in. A descriptive assessment identified 16 coaching behaviors that will be used throughout the study. A descriptive field assessment illustrated the type of behavior, when the behavior occurs, and how often coaches engage in these behaviors throughout multiple basketball practices.

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