Effects of teacher greetings on student on-taskbehavior

R. Allan Allday, Kerri Pakurar

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A multiple baseline design across participants was used to determine how teacher greetings affected on-task behavior of 3 middle school students with problem behaviors. Momentary time sampling was used to measure on-task behavior during the first 10 min of class. Teacher greetings produced increases in students' on-task behavior from a mean of 45% in baseline to a mean of 72% during the intervention phase. Teacher greerings represent an antecedent manipulation that can easily be implemented in classrooms to improve students' on-task behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-320
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Antecedent
  • Middle school students
  • On-task behavior
  • Teacher attention
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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