Title

Effect of Acquisition Rates On Off-Task Behavior of Kindergarten Students While Learning Sight Words

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2021

School

Psychology

Abstract

© 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC Assessing a student's acquisition rates (ARs) is a reliable way to determine how many new words should be taught in one lesson without reducing retention. Exceeding a student's AR can result in frustration and problem behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of AR on the off-task behavior of kindergarten students while participating in a commonly used sight-word instruction video. Participants included 39 kindergarten students whose ARs were assessed before showing the sight-word video. Behavior was measured as on- and off-task using momentary time-sampling with 10-s intervals. Results indicated that students' time off task increased after exceeding their ARs, with a noticeable immediate increase. The implications and limitations of these results are discussed.

Publication Title

Psychology in the Schools

Volume

58

Issue

1

First Page

5

Last Page

17

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