Title

Brief Report: Compliance in the Classroom: Using the "Thumbs Up" Procedure to Increase Students Compliance to Teacher Requests

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1993

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study assessed the effectiveness of a program designed to increase compliance with teacher commands in a regular 5th grade math class. A reversal design (A-B-B'-A-B') was employed. The teacher used a discriminative stimulus to signal the students as to the availability of an opportunity to earn a point towards a reinforcer. To receive the point the students were required to return the signal and initiate compliance. The entire class was involved in the program; however, data were recorded on two students, one identified by the teacher as noncompliant; the other served as a control. The results indicated that the program was effective in increasing initiation of compliance to teacher commands. However, serious questions were raised about the generalizability of such a program.

Publication Title

Behavioral Interventions

DOI

10.1002/bin.2360080406