Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

School

Psychology

Committee Chair

Dr. Evan H. Dart

Committee Chair School

Psychology

Committee Member 2

Dr. Keith C. Radley

Committee Member 2 School

Psychology

Committee Member 3

Dr. Lauren E. McKinley

Committee Member 3 School

Psychology

Abstract

Due to the prevalence of disruptive behavior in schools, educators are required to allocate time and resources to manage student behavior problems (Murphy, Theodore, Aloiso, Alric-Edwards, & Hughes, 2007). Disruptive behaviors take place in the classroom and other non-classroom settings, which can negatively impact the academic success of students. Specifically, noisemaking is a disruptive behavior that educators report as being one of the most concerning disruptive behaviors, thus, increasing the need for effective interventions to address disruptive behavior in non-classroom settings (Sun & Shek, 2012). The current study evaluates the effects of a decibel-level based interdependent group contingency, the Quiet Cafeteria Game (QCaG), on noise levels, appropriate lunchroom behavior, and disruptive lunchroom behavior. Results of the current study indicated that the QCaG effectively reduced noise levels in an elementary school cafeteria setting.

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