Title

In situ Training for Increasing Head Start After-Care Teachers' Use of Praise

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2016

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study tested the effects of the direct behavioral consultation in situ training procedure for increasing Head Start teachers' praise during an after-school program. Participants included four Head Start teachers in one Head Start center. A multiple baseline design across teachers was employed to test the effects of in situ training on teachers' praise rate. Maintenance of the training procedure was evaluated 1 week following termination of training and again at 1-month follow-up. Results indicated that all teachers delivered praise below the expected rate (i.e., 1 praise statement per minute) during baseline, and in situ training resulted in an immediate and substantial increase in praise for all four teachers. Three of four teachers maintained increased praise during the maintenance phase and again at 1-month follow-up. One teacher's praise decelerated during maintenance, and that teacher received additional in situ training. However, for that teacher, praise rate again decelerated following the second in situ training phase, and additional consultation procedures were necessary for increasing praise rate. Results are discussed in terms of the consultation research and applied practice.

Publication Title

Journal of Behavioral Education

Volume

25

Issue

1

First Page

32

Last Page

48

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