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Thesis - NSU Access Only

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Master of Science


Center for the Advancement of Education


Behavior Change, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Cafeterias, Classical Conditioning, Conditioning, Contingency Management, Delay of Gratification, Discipline, Group Behavior, Lunch Programs, Motivation, Negative Reinforcement, Operant Conditioning, Positive Reinforcement, Reinforcement, Rewards, Self Control, Time Out


The practicum was entitled “Improvement of Cafeteria Behavior Through the Use of Behavior Modification”. The setting was an elementary school consisting of kindergarten through sixth grade. Previous methods for controlling lunchroom behaviors were not effective. By setting up a behavior modification system in which appropriate behavior was reinforced, the noise level was controlled and at least 60% of the class earned the opportunity to receive a weekly reward for following cafeteria rules. Furthermore, the project was successful enough that he faulty and administration wished for it to be an ongoing program.

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