Rachael D. Waller & Thomas S. Higbee (2010).
The effects of fixed-time escape on inappropriate and
appropriate classroom behavior.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis,
Few studies have explored the effects of fixed-time (FT) reinforcement on
escape-maintained behavior of students in a classroom setting. We measured
the effects of an FT schedule on the disruptive and appropriate academic
behaviors of 2 junior high students in a public school setting. Results
demonstrated that FT escape from tasks resulted in a substantial decrease in
disruptive behavior and an increase in time engaged in tasks for both participants.
Key words: escape-maintained behavior, fixed-time reinforcement schedules, function-based interventions, noncontingent reinforcement