Year of Publication

2022

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Education

Department/School/Program

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dr. Sally Shepley

Abstract

In this study, a concurrent operant analysis (COA) was conducted for two elementary aged students in a public school to determine if the results yielded a possible reinforcer for work completion. A simultaneous treatments design was used during the COA to evaluate choice making behavior. The results of the COA indicated the student’s choice making behavior was maintained by access to tangibles, access to attention, or escape. The results were then used to create a token economy in which the student could earn their preferred reinforcer for work completion. An alternating treatments design was used to compare work completion during sessions when the preferred reinforcer as identified by the COA were available to sessions where previously occurring classroom strategies were in place. Results indicated that a COA could be done in the school setting and lead to an interpretable outcome.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2022.65

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