Initiative Description: Students were trained by researchers to self-monitor their behavior using the DBS-SIS form. Each day, at the end of the target class period, students rated their own academic preparedness, engagement, and homework completion. Participating teachers then reviewed the form with each student and made her own ratings of the same form. Researchers determined the students’ total score for the day. Students were awarded bonus points if their rating came within 1 point of their teacher’s rating. Intervention: After baseline, students and teachers were simultaneously given another training session to explain the procedures involved in the independent group contingency intervention. Students continued to complete the DBR-SIS form. Teachers divided their classes into 4-6 teams of 3-5 students. Students continued to earn points individually, but points were aggregated into a team average and recorded on a tally sheet for students to track their progress. At the end of the week, all teams with a cumulative score that met or exceeded the predetermined number of points earned a reinforcer.
Study Results: Student behavior moderately improved during the intervention as compared to baseline when examining obervational data for off-task behavior.
Reference: Chafouleas, S. M., Sanetti, L. M., Jaffery, R., & Fallon, L. M. (2011). An Evaluation of a Classwide Intervention Package Involving Self-Management and a Group Contingency on Classroom Behavior of Middle School Students. Journal of Behavioral Education,21(1), 34-57. doi:10.1007/s10864-011-9135-8
Level of Evidence: Very Good