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Volume 5, Issue 1 (Spring 2011)

Getting Students to Work Smarter and Harder: Decreasing Off-Task Behavior Through Interspersal Techniques

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ABSTRACT: Many school psychologists are faced with the challenge of addressing offtask behaviors. Often, manipulating instructional variables can increase on-task behavior and reduce problematic off-task behaviors. When task difficulty is found to cause off-task behavior, adjusting the ratio of mastered tasks to not yet mastered tasks included in an activity may prove beneficial. Such practices are known as interspersal techniques. This article reviews interspersal techniques and provides practical applications that school psychologists may recommend to improve student on-task behavior.

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