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A Behavioral-Technological Approach to Increasing Attention-to-Task Behavior in "Hyperactive" Children

Stevens, Larry Charles ;Whaley, Donald L. ; Harrell, Ernest H.

North Texas State University 1976

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  • Title:
    A Behavioral-Technological Approach to Increasing Attention-to-Task Behavior in "Hyperactive" Children
  • Author/Creator: Stevens, Larry Charles
  • Whaley, Donald L. ; Harrell, Ernest H.
  • Publisher: North Texas State University
  • Creation Date: 1976
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Classroom Hyperactivity ; Minimal Brain Dysfunction In Children ; Hyperactive Children -- Education ; Operant Conditioning ; Operant Conditioning ; Task Attentiveness
  • Description: The present study sought to alleviate the response cost inefficiency of the behavioral approach to controlling classroom hyperactivity by increasing the observer-student ratio via behavioral-electronic technology. A portable, integrated-circuit, counting and timing device was developed to enable immediate time-sequenced data recording and reinforcing of eight target behaviors by a single observer. A multiple-baseline design, across matched individuals was utilized to demonstrate the reinforcing effects. The results indicated a significant increase over mean baseline frequency in attention-to-task behavior for the group of eight students. It was concluded that by utilizing the behavioral-technological intervention strategy applied in this study, one observer could accurately monitor and reinforce eight students simultaneously and subsequently increase task attentiveness.