ERIC Number: EJ1071231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Effectiveness of a Universal, Interdependent Group Contingency Program on Children's Academic Achievement: A Countywide Evaluation
Weis, Robert; Osborne, Karen J.; Dean, Emily L.
Journal of Applied School Psychology, v31 n3 p199-218 2015
The Good Behavior Game (GBG) is a universal prevention program designed to increase academic engagement and to decrease disruptive behavior in elementary school-age children. Teachers and other school personnel use interdependent group contingencies to improve students' behavior in the classroom. Previous research indicates the GBG is efficacious in reducing behavior problems; however, little research has examined its effects on academic achievement in real-world settings. In this study, the authors evaluated the PAX GBG, a commercially available version of the GBG, as it is typically administered in elementary schools. The authors examined standardized reading and mathematics scores across one academic year for 949 students enrolled in the GBG or comparison classrooms. Results showed significant but small effects of the GBG on reading and mathematics. Results were greatest for boys, children with lower achievement scores at baseline, and students from more economically disadvantaged school districts. School personnel may find the PAX GBG useful in improving children's behavior and academic skills.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Contingency Management, Games, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Gender Differences, Economically Disadvantaged, Intervention, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
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