Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 275–286 | Cite as

The utility of tracking child behavior

  • Mark R. Weinrott


To assess the impact of observation training and tracking of child behavior, each of 20 elementary school teachers participating in a behavior modification practicum was assigned to either an experimental or a control group. For each teacher, a disruptive, distractible child was identified as appropriate for behavioral intervention. All teachers were taught identical intervention strategies, but the two groups differed in the degree to which teachers were initially trained and subsequently required to observe and record discrete child behaviors. Multiple measures were used to assess the influence of monitoring child behaviors. These included observed child behavior, observed teacher behavior, teacher ratings, and correspondence between teacher perception and child behavior. Results showed that tracking the behavior of children had little or no effect on any measure.


Intervention Strategy Elementary School Behavior Modification Behavioral Intervention Child Behavior 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark R. Weinrott
    • 1
  1. 1.Evaluation Research Group, Inc.Eugene

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