What Do Daily Behavior Report Cards (DBRCs) Measure? An Initial Comparison of DRBCs with Direct Observation for Off-Task Behavior
This study investigated the similarity of information provided from a daily behavior report card (DBRC) as rated by the teacher to direct observation data obtained from external observers. In addition, the similarity of ratings was compared with variations of problem severity (mild, severe) and teacher training (none, some). Results suggested a moderate association between teacher perceptions of behavior as measured by DBRC ratings and direct observation conducted by an external observer. In addition, 23–45% of the variance in DBRC ratings was consistent with the direct observation data. Severity of the behavior problem or the inclusion of training was not found to significantly affect the similarity of ratings. In summary, results tentatively suggest that the DBRC may be a viable supplement to direct observation for estimating behavior in applied settings. Limitations, future research directions, and implications are discussed.
Psychology in the Schools
Chafouleas, S.M., McDougal, J.L., Riley-Tillman, T.C., Panahon, C.J., & Hilt, A.M. (2005). What Do Daily Behavior Report Cards (DBRCs) Measure? An Initial Comparison of DBRCs with Direct Observation for Off-Task Behavior. Psychology in the School, 42(6), 669-676. doi: 10.1002/pits.20102
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Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons. Article published by John Wiley & Sons in Psychology in the Schools, volume 42, issue number 6, July 2005, pages 669-676. Available online on June 6, 2005: