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ERIC Number: ED318194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reducing the Amount of Physical Contact among Students in a Special Education Classroom.
Schrak, MaryGrace
The study sought to reduce physical contact among students in a special education classroom and to reduce inappropriate contact with classroom objects or materials. Four students, aged 7-9, who exhibited disruptive classroom behavior, were the subjects. During small-group mathematics instruction, three rules of discipline were explained to the students. For each 3-minute period that a student followed the three rules, he or she received a colored chip. Chips were later counted and turned in to receive an edible reinforcer. With each passing day of week 1, the total number of disruptive behaviors gradually decreased, with the most dramatic decrease occurring between the first and second day. During a fading period, the number of chips required to earn the reinforcement was increased and the number of minutes required with no disruptive behavior was increased. The intervention was concluded to be successful and applicable to most special education classes for 6-to-14-year-olds and to most regular education classes from grades K-3. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A