Spring 2016

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Use of technology as a tool for reinforcement to increase on-task behavior is imminent given the role of technology in society. This study utilizes the implementation of a contingency cell phone plan designed to increase on-task behavior. An ABAB design was employed with at-risk, secondary students receiving special education services in a continuation high school. Three male students, ages 16-18, with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were selected due to difficulty with on-task behavior. Participants were granted access to their cell phone after demonstrating 5 minutes of on-task behavior. On-task behavior was defined as any behavior that did not include looking at their cell phone. The results indicated a significant increase in on-task behavior when using a contingency cell phone plan as a tool for reinforcement. Given the scant research on technology as a tool for reinforcement, this study and future studies will provide meaningful data into use of this strategy in the educational setting.