Capstone/Dissertation Title

The Effect of the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis on Behavior Management and a Successful Learning Environment

Term

Spring 5-12-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Marcia Rockwood

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Amy Filo

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jennifer Thorsen

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can the principles of applied behavior analysis in a second grade classroom contribute to behavior management and creating a successful learning environment? A vast amount of research on the relevance of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to the classroom, but a relative absence of documented applications was the key influence of this study. The impact of ABA interventions on the behavior of three students displaying challenging behaviors in the classroom was studied. Conclusions from the study include a high degree of efficacy for ABA interventions in managing challenging behaviors and a positive impact on the learning environment. The author demonstrated that the ABA interventions employed also supported the other behavior management frameworks that were already in place in the classroom.

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