The effects of randomized group contingencies on disruptive classroom behaviors in an urban school setting.
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SubjectSchool children -- Discipline.; Classroom management -- Case studies.; Behavior disorders in children.
Disruptive behaviors have been known to take away from valuable classroom instruction. Researchers have documented the positive effects of group contingencies. This study investigated the effects of group contingencies with randomized components in an urban fourth – grade classroom watching the top disruptive students. Each student was observed on five negative behaviors: inappropriate shout outs, out of seat, disruptive noises, being off task and being disrespectful to classmates. The study incorporated a behavioral intervention known as the Jars Game in which the class worked together to win a mystery motivator. The intervention was set up using a multiphase baseline design (i.e., A-B-A-B design) and results showed that when the Jars Game was in action disruptive behaviors decreased significantly for each student being observed.
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