Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Sarah Bloom, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew Samaha, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D.


acoustical guidance, auditory stimulus, behavior analysis, feedback, physical activity


Exercise has many physical, cognitive, and social benefits, but the majority of older adults do not meet the recommended level of physical activity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). TAGteach, which combines elements of both behavioral coaching and acoustical feedback, has been demonstrated as an effective way to teach athletic skills (Fogel, Weil, & Burris, 2010; Quinn, Miltenberger, & Fogel, 2015; Stokes, Luiselli, Reed, & Fleming 2010). However, none of the current research on teaching athletic skills targeted an older population. This study evaluated TAGteach in a multiple baseline across behaviors design as a method of teaching 4 basic baton twirling skills to 3 women aged 62-73. Performance accuracy was low in baseline but improved substantially following the implementation of TAGteach. Participants also rated the intervention positively on a social validity survey. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.