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ERIC Number: EJ1013637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
Peer Modeling of Academic and Social Behaviors during Small-Group Direct Instruction
Ledford, Jennifer R.; Wolery, Mark
Exceptional Children, v79 n4 p439-458 Sum 2013
The authors describe an intervention for 3 preschoolers with disabilities who had low peer-related social competence. The intervention taught academic skills tailored to the need of each target student in small groups (triads) with two typically developing peers, using a progressive time delay procedure. Prior to instruction and separate from the students with disabilities, typical peers learned to provide reinforcers for correct responses, and to say "thank you" when a group mate shared. The authors assessed the acquisition of sharing and thanking behaviors during instructional sessions by the preschoolers with disabilities and generalization of these social behaviors to contexts similar to classroom activities for all participants. Results were (a) all participants learned targeted academic behaviors; (b) all participants learned some academic behaviors taught to their peers; (c) participants without disabilities modeled sharing with high fidelity but modeled thanking with lower fidelity; (d) all participants with disabilities shared and less frequently said "thank you" during instructional sessions (although they were never prompted to do so); and (e) participants with and without disabilities shared in art and picnic activities and said "thank you" to a lesser extent, although they were not prompted to share or thank in these contexts. (Contains 6 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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