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ERIC Number: ED518471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 84
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-3770-7
Demonstration of the Effects of an Increased Praise Ratio on Student On-Task Behavior
White, Rachel L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kansas
Many authors recommend various praise to reprimand ratios for teachers to use to manage their classrooms (e.g., Flora, 2000; Nafpaktitis, Mayer, & Butterworth, 1985; Wheldall, 2005); however, these recommendations are based on correlational data or secondary findings from studies not directly manipulating the praise to reprimand ratio. The purpose of this study was to use a simple teacher training method to improve the praise to reprimand ratio used in the classroom and measure the resulting effects on the on-task behavior of an entire class of students. All teachers improved praise to reprimand ratios above baseline levels. As teacher praise to reprimand ratios improved, student on-task levels increased for all classrooms. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States