Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education



First Advisor

Dr. Ruth Ervin

Second Advisor

Dr. John Austin

Third Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Whitten

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


This study piloted a methodology for examining changes in group problem-solving after training in functional assessment (FA). One problem-solving cohort from a graduate level consultation course, was selected and their data analyzed for the purposes of this study. A verbal code was developed and implemented to determine impact of training in FA on verbal behavior during group problem-solving. Training in FA increased participants knowledge of the process, lead to a change in verbal behavior during group problem-solving and to the development of quality interventions. Additionally, participants reported the process as acceptable. This study demonstrated the impact of training in FA on group problem-solving and examined a methodology for determining qualitative and quantitative results. Results of this study are promising and indicate areas for future research.

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