• The effects of randomized group contingencies on disruptive classroom behaviors in an urban school setting.

      Nowicki, Elizabeth (2014)
      Disruptive behaviors have been known to take away from valuable classroom instruction. Researchers have documented the positive effects of group contingencies. This study investigated the effects of group contingencies with randomized components in an urban fourth – grade classroom watching the top disruptive students. Each student was observed on five negative behaviors: inappropriate shout outs, out of seat, disruptive noises, being off task and being disrespectful to classmates. The study incorporated a behavioral intervention known as the Jars Game in which the class worked together to win a mystery motivator. The intervention was set up using a multiphase baseline design (i.e., A-B-A-B design) and results showed that when the Jars Game was in action disruptive behaviors decreased significantly for each student being observed.
    • Teachers' perceptions of a Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program at a small rural school.

      Brushaber-Goulding, Melanie (2015)
      This study focuses on Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and a particular implementation at a rural school district in Western New York. This study explores teachers’ perceptions of the PBIS system being implemented in the district. It focuses on time spent on PBIS duties, teachers’ opinions of the current implementation, and teachers’ views of changes in behavior due to the PBIS system. The participants in this survey were all faculty and staff at the school district, which includes grades pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, and support staff including specialty areas area teachers. The findings show teacher buy-in to the program, and opinions of success of the PBIS system.