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A 1st grade student participated in this study. An ABsingle-subject design was utilized. It was hypothesized thatbehavior specific teacher praise and positive notes home would increase the student’s on-task behavior, thus making the student more successful across all school subjects. Direct small-group instruction occurred during bi-weekly 50-minute tutoring sessions. Duration data was collected on the student’s on-task behavior for a 35-minute time frame. Baseline results indicated that the student was on task an average of 23minutes5seconds. During the intervention data collection, the results indicated that the student was on task an average of 29 minutes 21seconds.A discussion of results and suggestions for future research are provided, including issues regarding generalization.
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on-task behavior, teacher praise, positive notes home, single-subject design
Bayles, Brooke, "Using Positive Reinforcement to Increase On-Task Behavior of a First Grade Student" (2020). 2020 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity. 3.