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ERIC Number: EJ853187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
The Effects of Teaching Precurrent Behaviors on Children's Solution of Multiplication and Division Word Problems
Levingston, Heather B.; Neef, Nancy A.; Cihon, Traci M.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n2 p361-367 Sum 2009
We examined the effects of teaching overt precurrent behaviors on the current operant of solving multiplication and division word problems. Two students were taught four precurrent behaviors (identification of label, operation, larger numbers, and smaller numbers) in a different order, in the context of a multiple baseline design. After meeting criterion on three of the four precurrent skills, the students demonstrated the current operant of correct problem solutions. These skills generalized to novel problems. Correct current operant responses (solutions that matched answers revealed by coloring over the space with a special marker) maintained the precurrent behaviors in the absence of any other programmed reinforcement. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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