Volume 38, Issue 3 (2009)
Self-Management of On-Task Homework Behavior: A Promising Strategy for Adolescents With Attention and Behavior Problems
Michael I. Axelrod, Elizabeth J. Zhe, Kimberly A. Haugen, Jean A. Klein
Abstract. Students with attention and behavior problems oftentimes experience difficulty finishing academic work. On-task behavior is frequently cited as a primary reason for students’ failure to complete homework assignments. Researchers have identified self-monitoring and self-management of on-task behavior as effective tools for improving homework completion rates among students who experience difficulty attending to tasks. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a 30-min naturalistic, home-based, self-management intervention for students with attention problems and behavioral disorders. Specifically, the current study set out to investigate differences in on-task behavior between baseline and intervention when self-monitoring intervals were set at 3 and 10 min. For all participants, on-task behavior improved significantly over baseline. Furthermore, the improvements in on-task behavior were evident for both the 3- and 10-min intervals, suggesting that shorter intervals did not enhance the intervention’s effectiveness. Finally, based on school records, the frequency of completed homework assignments increased.
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