Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Applied Behavior Analysis

Major Professor

Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D.


Behavior management, Classroom management, Behavior game


Research in the field of applied behavior analysis indicates that all group-contingency programs have been effective in both increasing academic and behavior success in the classroom environment. Among the three types of group-contingency programs, this study investigated the effects of a multiple component interdependent group-oriented contingency program on the behavior of typically developing elementary students. The purpose of this study was to develop and analyze the effects of a classroom management system that teachers or educators could utilize to minimize problematic classroom behaviors while increasing adaptive classroom behaviors. The study was conducted within two third-grade classrooms from a local school which accommodates low socio-economic status and high risk students. This intervention included the use of visuals, positive teacher praise, a reinforcement lottery system, a criterion level lottery system, a token economy reinforcement system, and positively stated expectations. A multiple baseline design was used to analyze the effects over multiple classrooms and with multiple target students within each classroom setting. Results indicate that the intervention had a positive effect on behaviors for both the classrooms and five of the target students.