Effects of reinforcement history and instructions on the persistence of student engagement

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Abstract

We examined the effects of three reinforcement histories on the persistence of task engagement by 2 fourth-grade students using a partially counterbalanced ABCDBCD design. In each condition, an experimenter made four student contacts during the first 2 min of each session (reinforcement baseline), followed by an 8-min extinction period. The reinforcement history that contained an instructional control component produced the greatest persistence in student engagement. The applied relevance of instructional control is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-572
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Instructional control
  • Reinforcement history
  • Resistance to extinction
  • Task engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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