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ERIC Number: EJ1226018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-1940-4476
Managing Student Behavior in the Middle Grades Using Class-Wide Function-Related Intervention Teams
Caldarella, Paul; Wills, Howard P.; Anderson, Darlene H.; Williams, Leslie
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v42 n7 2019
During the transition from the elementary to middle grades, young adolescents may become increasingly vulnerable for emotional and behavioral problems. Class-Wide Function-Related Intervention Teams for middle level school (CW-FIT MS), the independent variable examined in this study, was developed to improve teaching and learning by fostering student engagement. The study's purpose was to examine the feasibility and effects of CW-FIT MS Tier 1 implementation in nine middle level school classes using a single-subject ABAB withdrawal design. Participants were 234 students in grades 6-8, including 23 identified as at risk for emotional behavioral disorders. Results of CW-FIT MS Tier 1 implementation showed significant improvement in on-task behavior for groups as well as individual target students, increased teacher praise-to-reprimand ratios, and decreased target student disruptions. Outcomes of social validity surveys were consistent with earlier studies. Study findings extend previous results by demonstrating positive intervention effects in novel settings with a greater number of participants. Study limitations and areas for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A160279
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations