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Unformatted text preview: or his own behavior. The interdependent group-oriented
contingency system is when each student’s behavior can affect whether or not
her or his group earns reinforcement. For example, all students need to turn in
their homework for the group to receive an incentive.
If you decide to implement interdependent or dependent group-oriented
contingencies, you should be aware of certain cautions (Alberto & Troutman,
1999; Romeo, 1998). First, be sure that the students involved can perform the
target behaviors. For example, if a student has a severe math learning disability,
then an interdependent or dependent group contingency based on math test
performance is unfair to both the individual and the group. Second, be cautious of
students who might find it reinforcing to sabotage the group’s effort (Barrish,
Saunders and Wolf, 1969). These students may need to be grouped together, or
allowed to work in an individualized system. Third, some students may turn
against or even seek revenge against students who are preventing t...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08