Journal of Multidisciplinary Graduate Research

Journal of Multidisciplinary Graduate Research

An Electronic Journal of SHSU College of Education - ISSN #2572-1909

Volume 4, Issue 1

Transfer Student Engagement: In Search of a Model Predictive of High GPA

Renee M. Fauria, Houston Baptist University
Matthew B. Fuller, Sam Houston State University

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Transfer Student Engagement: In Search of a Model Predictive of High GPA

Engagement variables from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) were explored to determine the relationship between engagement constructs of undergraduate transfer students and high cumulative GPA. The design was a sequential, stepwise, linear, regression emanating from an Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA). Four constructs labeled (a) Academic Dialoguing, (b) Examining Perspectives, (c) Collaborative Learning, and (d) Diverse Student Conversations emerged. A linear regression analysis conducted on the constructs, against cumulative GPA determined no statistically significant findings. However, a second regression analysis conducted on the19 item-levels of the four constructs determined two items to be statistically significant.

Key words: higher education, transfer student, student engagement, the NSSE, baccalaureate completion

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A Comparison of Functional and Preferred Reinforcers during FCT

Amie Cowl and Kristina K. Vargo
Sam Houston State University

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A Comparison of Functional and Preferred Reinforcers during FCT

Function-based interventions are used to decrease problem behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors in school settings. However, there may be situations under which the functional reinforcer cannot be identified or delivered. In this study, we compared the effectiveness of a functional reinforcer and a preferred reinforcer within a functional communication training (FCT) context with a third grade student with EBD. Results showed that both reinforcers were equally effective at reducing problem behaviors and increasing communicative responses in the classroom setting. The data suggest that under conditions in which a functional reinforcer cannot be delivered, a preferred reinforcer may be as effective.

Key words: behavioral interventions, challenging behavior, functional assessment

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