Definition: Record each occurrence of behavior over a set amount of time. Is best used to measure frequency or rate of a behavior.
Why it matters: Easy for most teachers to use to measure discrete behaviors (clear beginning and end) and rate for baseline can be used to measure progress in terms of increasing or decreasing rate.
Example of use: A teacher decides to use event recording for number of times a student speaks out in class without raising his hand first in Math class. The teacher collects data for 3 consecutive classes and divides the total behaviors by the total minutes to get a rate of behaviors per minute. The teacher then uses several strategies and continues to take event recording data to see if the rate of a behaviors per minute changes.
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