Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education



First Advisor

Dr. Howard E. Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Malott

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Individualized education has been described as the ideal teaching methodology. The purpose of the present study was to individualize teaching procedure through the use of behavioral contracts in a high school guided study class. The goal of the teacher-directed, small group instruction was to teach students the components of a specific contract task. Following this instruction, all students' contracts improved in the percent meeting content criteria. In addition to improvement in contract content, student on-task behavior also increased. Further, the number of student assignments completed on contract which were received by teachers increased after training. It appears that the use of teacher- directed, small group instruction in the context of a large study class was effective in producing improved contracts, on-task behavior, and increased assignments turned in to classroom teachers. It was recommended that the investigation of additional variables be accomplished.

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