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A Behavioral-Technological Approach to Increasing Attention-to-Task Behavior in "Hyperactive" Children

The present study sought to alleviate the response cost inefficiency of the behavioral approach to controlling classroom hyperactivity by increasing the observer-student ratio via behavioral-electronic technology. A portable, integrated-circuit, counting and timing device was developed to enable immediate time-sequenced data recording and reinforcing of eight target behaviors by a single observer. A multiple-baseline design, across matched individuals was utilized to demonstrate the reinforcing effects. The results indicated a significant increase over mean baseline frequency in attention-to-task behavior for the group of eight students. It was concluded that by utilizing the behavioral-technological intervention strategy applied in this study, one observer could accurately monitor and reinforce eight students simultaneously and subsequently increase task attentiveness.

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:unt.edu/info:ark/67531/metadc663249
Date05 1900
CreatorsStevens, Larry Charles
ContributorsWhaley, Donald L., Harrell, Ernest H.
PublisherNorth Texas State University
Source SetsUniversity of North Texas
LanguageEnglish
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis or Dissertation
Formativ, 54 leaves: ill., Text
RightsPublic, Stevens, Larry Charles, Copyright, Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights

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