Increasing On-Task Behavior Using Teacher Attention Delivered on a Fixed-Time Schedule

Jessica L. Riley, Brian C. McKevitt, Mark D. Shriver, Keith D. Allen

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The effectiveness of fixed-time delivery of attention to increase the on-task behavior of 2 students in general education was examined. The teacher in this study provided attention to students on a 5-min fixed-time schedule and responded to students in her typical manner between cued intervals. An ABAB withdrawal design was used to test the effects of the intervention. The results of this study indicate that a fixed-time schedule of attention was effective in increasing students' on-task behavior and decreasing their off-task behavior. Implications of the study for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Behavioral Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Fixed-time schedule
  • Intervention
  • On-task behavior
  • Reinforcement
  • Teacher attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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