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ERIC Number: EJ910194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Effects of Task Difficulty and Teacher Attention on the Off-Task Behavior of High-Ability Students with Behavior Issues
Simonsen, Brandi; Little, Catherine A.; Fairbanks, Sarah
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v34 n2 p245-260 Win 2010
This study used traditional behavioral assessment procedures (functional behavioral assessment and structural analysis) in a single-subject design to determine whether a functional relationship existed between (a) levels of task difficulty and teacher attention and (b) off-task behavior in 3 students identified as highly able in mathematics who also showed consistent behavior issues. Students' rates of off-task behavior were observed while working under varying conditions of task difficulty and teacher attention. Results indicated that higher rates of off-task behaviors were associated with low attention conditions. Task difficulty did not appear to have a consistent relationship with student behavior. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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