Micheal Bahr, Donald Gouwens, and COE alumna Genevieve Schuh published an article titled Evaluation of Handheld Computers for Direct Systematic Classroom Observation in the most recent edition of Computer in the Schools. The article was a program evaluation of software designed for handheld computers that school psychologists and other interventionists use to conduct direct, systematic classroom observation.
The software program, Behavioral Observation of Students in Schools (aka the BOSS), was adapted for handheld computers to increase the efficiency with which systematic classroom observation could be completed. Although the BOSS is considered among the most psychometrically adequate measures for systematic observation, little evidence exists for its efficacy when used on a handheld computer. Participants were practicing school interventionists and candidates in school psychology.
Study outcomes indicated that the handheld computers and BOSS software were perceived as user-friendly, increased computer self-efficacy, and facilitated treatment planning and evaluation. The authors discuss implications for use of the handheld computers by interventionists. Michael Bahr and Donald Gouwens are faculty members in the UMSL School Psychology Program, and Genevieve Schuh, a program alumna, is a practicing school psychologist with the Special School District of St. Louis County.