Opportunities to Respond
Study: Munro & Stephenson (2009)

Summary

Opportunities to Respond is an intervention that involves providing all students in a group or classroom with the means (e.g., dry erase board, response cards) to respond to all questions posed by the teacher. The intent is to increase engagement by giving students the opportunity to respond to academic questions at a higher rate than the traditional form of hand raising provides.

Target Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Target Populations:
  • Students with disabilities only
  • Students with learning disabilities
  • Students with emotional or behavioral disabilities
  • English language learners
  • Any student at risk for emotional and/or behavioral difficulties
Area(s) of Focus:
  • High Levels of Disengagement
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Anxiety
Where to Obtain:
N/A
Initial Cost:
Free
Replacement Cost:
Contact vendor for pricing details.

Only supplies are needed for responding (e.g., cards, white boards and markers).

Staff Qualified to Administer Include:
  • Special Education Teacher
  • General Education Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Math Specialist
  • EL Specialist
  • Interventionist
  • Student Support Services Personnel (e.g., counselor, social worker, school psychologist, etc.)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Paraprofessional
  • Other: Usually implemented by teacher or researchers, but could be implemented by paraprofessional.
Training Requirements:
Training not required

In published research, training was generally not described. When training occurred, it consisted of brief (e.g., 1 hour or less) didactic description and sometimes modeling.


No-however, intervention clearly described in published research.

Access to Technical Support:
Not available
Recommended Administration Formats Include:
  • Small group of students
  • BI ONLY: A classroom of students
Minimum Number of Minutes Per Session:
Minimum Number of Sessions Per Week:
Minimum Number of Weeks:
Detailed Implementation Manual or Instructions Available:
Yes
Is Technology Required?
No technology is required.

Program Information

Descriptive Information

Please provide a description of program, including intended use:

Opportunities to Respond is an intervention that involves providing all students in a group or classroom with the means (e.g., dry erase board, response cards) to respond to all questions posed by the teacher. The intent is to increase engagement by giving students the opportunity to respond to academic questions at a higher rate than the traditional form of hand raising provides.

The program is intended for use in the following age(s) and/or grade(s).

not selected Age 0-3
not selected Age 3-5
selected Kindergarten
selected First grade
selected Second grade
selected Third grade
selected Fourth grade
selected Fifth grade
selected Sixth grade
selected Seventh grade
selected Eighth grade
selected Ninth grade
selected Tenth grade
selected Eleventh grade
selected Twelth grade


The program is intended for use with the following groups.

selected Students with disabilities only
selected Students with learning disabilities
not selected Students with intellectual disabilities
selected Students with emotional or behavioral disabilities
selected English language learners
not selected Any student at risk for academic failure
selected Any student at risk for emotional and/or behavioral difficulties
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION: Please indicate the academic area of focus.

Early Literacy

not selected Print knowledge/awareness
not selected Alphabet knowledge
not selected Phonological awareness
not selected Phonological awarenessEarly writing
not selected Early decoding abilities
not selected Other

If other, please describe:

Language

not selected Expressive and receptive vocabulary
not selected Grammar
not selected Syntax
not selected Listening comprehension
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

Reading

not selected Phonological awareness
not selected Phonics/word study
not selected Comprehension
not selected Fluency
not selected Vocabulary
not selected Spelling
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

Mathematics

not selected Computation
not selected Concepts and/or word problems
not selected Whole number arithmetic
not selected Comprehensive: Includes computation/procedures, problem solving, and mathematical concepts
not selected Algebra
not selected Fractions, decimals (rational number)
not selected Geometry and measurement
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

Writing

not selected Handwriting
not selected Spelling
not selected Sentence construction
not selected Planning and revising
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION: Please indicate the behavior area of focus.

Externalizing Behavior

not selected Physical Aggression
not selected Verbal Threats
not selected Property Destruction
not selected Noncompliance
selected High Levels of Disengagement
selected Disruptive Behavior
not selected Social Behavior (e.g., Peer interactions, Adult interactions)
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

Internalizing Behavior

not selected Depression
selected Anxiety
not selected Social Difficulties (e.g., withdrawal)
not selected School Phobia
not selected Other
If other, please describe:

Acquisition and cost information

Where to obtain:

Address
Phone Number
Website

Initial cost for implementing program:

Cost
$0.00
Unit of cost

Replacement cost per unit for subsequent use:

Cost
Unit of cost
Duration of license

Additional cost information:

Describe basic pricing plan and structure of the program. Also, provide information on what is included in the published program, as well as what is not included but required for implementation (e.g., computer and/or internet access)

Only supplies are needed for responding (e.g., cards, white boards and markers).

Program Specifications

Setting for which the program is designed.

not selected Individual students
selected Small group of students
selected BI ONLY: A classroom of students

If group-delivered, how many students compose a small group?

   3-30

Program administration time

Minimum number of minutes per session
Minimum number of sessions per week
Minimum number of weeks
not selected N/A (implemented until effective)

If intervention program is intended to occur over less frequently than 60 minutes a week for approximately 8 weeks, justify the level of intensity:

Does the program include highly specified teacher manuals or step by step instructions for implementation?
Yes

BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION: Is the program affiliated with a broad school- or class-wide management program?
No

If yes, please identify and describe the broader school- or class-wide management program:

Does the program require technology?
No

If yes, what technology is required to implement your program?
not selected Computer or tablet
not selected Internet connection
not selected Other technology (please specify)

If your program requires additional technology not listed above, please describe the required technology and the extent to which it is combined with teacher small-group instruction/intervention:

Training

How many people are needed to implement the program ?
1

Is training for the instructor or interventionist required?
No
If yes, is the necessary training free or at-cost?
Free

Describe the time required for instructor or interventionist training:
Less than 1 hour of training. Training is not required.

Describe the format and content of the instructor or interventionist training:
In published research, training was generally not described. When training occurred, it consisted of brief (e.g., 1 hour or less) didactic description and sometimes modeling.

What types or professionals are qualified to administer your program?

selected Special Education Teacher
selected General Education Teacher
selected Reading Specialist
selected Math Specialist
selected EL Specialist
selected Interventionist
selected Student Support Services Personnel (e.g., counselor, social worker, school psychologist, etc.)
selected Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
selected Paraprofessional
selected Other

If other, please describe:

Usually implemented by teacher or researchers, but could be implemented by paraprofessional.
Does the program assume that the instructor or interventionist has expertise in a given area?
Yes   

If yes, please describe: 

Classroom instruction

Are training manuals and materials available?
No

Describe how the training manuals or materials were field-tested with the target population of instructors or interventionist and students:
No-however, intervention clearly described in published research.

Do you provide fidelity of implementation guidance such as a checklist for implementation in your manual?

Can practitioners obtain ongoing professional and technical support?
No

If yes, please specify where/how practitioners can obtain support:

Summary of Evidence Base

Please identify, to the best of your knowledge, all the research studies that have been conducted to date supporting the efficacy of your program, including studies currently or previously submitted to NCII for review. Please provide citations only (in APA format); do not include any descriptive information on these studies. NCII staff will also conduct a search to confirm that the list you provide is accurate.

Armendariz, F. & Umbreit, J. (1999).  Using active responding to reduce disruptive behavior in a general education classroom.  Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 1, 152-158. 

Christle, C. A., & Schuster, J. W. (2003). The Effects of Using Response Cards on Student Participation, Academic Achievement, and On-Task Behavior During Whole-Class, Math Instruction. Journal Of Behavioral Education, 12(3), 147-165. 

 

Davis, L. L., & O’Neill, R. E. (2004). Use of Response Cards with a Group of Students with Learning Disabilities Including Those for whom English is a Second Language. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37(2), 219-222.

George, C. L. (2010). The effects of response cards on performance and participation in social studies for middle school students with emotional and behavioral disorder. Behavioral Disorders, 35(3), 200-213.

Lambert, M. C., Cartledge, G., Heward, W. L., & Lo, Y. Y. (2006). Effects of response cards on disruptive behavior and academic responding during math lessons by fourth-grade urban students. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 8(2), 88-99.

 

Maheady, L., Michielli-Pendl, J., Mallette, B., & Harper, G. F. (2002).  A collaborative research project to improve the academic performance of a diverse sixth grade science class.  Teacher Education and Special Education: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 25(1), 55-70.

 

Munro, D. W., & Stephenson, J. (2009). The effects of response cards on student and teacher behavior during vocabulary instruction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42(4), 795-800.

 

Narayan, J. S., Heward, W. L., Garner, R., Courson, F. H., & Omness, C. K. (1990).  Using response cards to increase student participation in an elementary classroom.  Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis, 23(4), 483-490.

Study Information

Study Citations

Munro, D. W. & Stephenson, J. (2009). The Effects of Response Cards on Student and Teacher Behavior during Vocabulary Instruction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42(4) 795-800.

Participants Empty Bobble

Describe how students were selected to participate in the study:
The study was conducted in an inner-city public school in British Columbia. Five students from one 5th grade classroom were identified by the classroom teacher as being reluctant to respond during whole-class question-and-answer sessions.

Describe how students were identified as being at risk for academic failure (AI) or as having emotional/behavioral difficulties (BI):
Not described.

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION: What percentage of participants were at risk, as measured by one or more of the following criteria:
  • below the 30th percentile on local or national norm, or
  • identified disability related to the focus of the intervention?
%

BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION: What percentage of participants were at risk, as measured by one or more of the following criteria:
  • emotional disability label,
  • placed in an alternative school/classroom,
  • non-responsive to Tiers 1 and 2, or
  • designation of severe problem behaviors on a validated scale or through observation?
%

Provide a description of the demographic and other relevant characteristics of the case used in your study (e.g., student(s), classroom(s)).

Case (Name or number) Age/Grade Gender Race / Ethnicity Socioeconomic Status Disability Status ELL status Other Relevant Descriptive Characteristics
test test test test test test test test

Design Full Bobble

Please describe the study design:
A reversal (ABAB) design was used to evaluate the effects of response cards.

Clarify and provide a detailed description of the treatment in the submitted program/intervention:
The teacher would write 10 target words on the board, model their pronunciation, provide definitions, provide sample sentences and read aloud the definitions of the words in random order. Students responded by using their response cards. Next, the teacher read the sentence from the book, which contained a target word, but she would omit it. She would ask the students to provide the missing word by using their response cards. Finally, the teacher reviewed words again by presenting definitions in a random order and having students provide the words by using their response cards. The teacher was free to ask questions, give feedback, and control the amount of wait time. The teacher timed each session with a stopwatch, which was stopped and restarted if there were any interruptions, so that instruction time was only 30 min. At the end of the condition, students completed a test that covered material from the previous five or six teaching sessions. All tests contained 15 randomly chosen words from the target words.

Clarify what procedures occurred during the control/baseline condition (third, competing conditions are not considered; if you have a third, competing condition [e.g., multi-element single subject design with a third comparison condition], in addition to your control condition, identify what the competing condition is [data from this competing condition will not be used]):
The teacher wrote 10 target words on the board, model their pronunciation, provide definitions, provide sample sentences and read aloud the definitions of the words in random order. Students responded by raising their hands. Next, the teacher read the sentence from the book, which contained a target word, but she would omit it. She would ask the students to provide the missing word by raising their hands. Finally, the teacher reviewed words again by presenting definitions in a random order and having students provide the words. The teacher was free to ask questions, give feedback, and control the amount of wait time. The teacher timed each session with a stopwatch, which was stopped and restarted if there were any interruptions, so that instruction time was only 30 min. At the end of the condition, students completed a test that covered material from the previous five or six teaching sessions. All tests contained 15 randomly chosen words from the target words.

Please describe how replication of treatment effect was demonstrated (e.g., reversal or withdrawal of intervention, across participants, across settings)
Reversal across participants (ABAB).

Please indicate whether (and how) the design contains at least three demonstrations of experimental control (e.g., ABAB design, multiple baseline across three or more participants).
Yes, the design included 3 demonstrations of experimental control across each participant.

If the study is a multiple baseline, is it concurrent or non-concurrent?
N/A

Fidelity of Implementation Empty Bobble

How was the program delivered?
not selected Individually
selected Small Group
not selected Classroom

If small group, answer the following:

Average group size
29
Minimum group size
Maximum group size

What was the duration of the intervention (If duration differed across participants, settings, or behaviors, describe for each.)?

Condition A
Weeks
Sessions per week
2.50
Duration of sessions in minutes
30.00
Condition B
Weeks
Sessions per week
2.50
Duration of sessions in minutes
30.00
Condition C
Weeks
Sessions per week
Duration of sessions in minutes
What were the background, experience, training, and ongoing support of the instructors or interventionists?
The classroom teacher had 29 years of teaching experience. No specific intervention training was described.

Describe when and how fidelity of treatment information was obtained.
Not described.

What were the results on the fidelity-of-treatment implementation measure?
Not described.

Was the fidelity measure also used in baseline or comparison conditions?
Not described.

Measures and Results

Measures Targeted : Full Bobble
Measures Broader : Dash

Study measures are classified as targeted, broader, or administrative data according to the following definitions:

  • Targeted measures
    Assess outcomes, such as competencies or skills, that the program was directly targeted to improve.
    • In the academic domain, targeted measures typically are not the very items taught but rather novel items structured similarly to the content addressed in the program. For example, if a program taught word-attack skills, a targeted measure would be decoding of pseudo words. If a program taught comprehension of cause-effect passages, a targeted measure would be answering questions about cause-effect passages structured similarly to those used during intervention, but not including the very passages used for intervention.
    • In the behavioral domain, targeted measures evaluate aspects of external or internal behavior the program was directly targeted to improve and are operationally defined.
  • Broader measures
    Assess outcomes that are related to the competencies or skills targeted by the program but not directly taught in the program.
    • In the academic domain, if a program taught word-level reading skill, a broader measure would be answering questions about passages the student reads. If a program taught calculation skill, a broader measure would be solving word problems that require the same kinds of calculation skill taught in the program.
    • In the behavioral domain, if a program taught a specific skill like on-task behavior in one classroom, a broader measure would be on-task behavior in another setting.
  • Administrative data measures apply only to behavioral intervention tools and are measures such as office discipline referrals (ODRs) and graduation rates, which do not have psychometric properties as do other, more traditional targeted or broader measures.
Targeted Measure Reverse Coded? Evidence Relevance
Targeted Measure 1 Yes A1 A2
Broader Measure Reverse Coded? Evidence Relevance
Broader Measure 1 Yes A1 A2
Administrative Data Measure Reverse Coded? Relevance
Admin Measure 1 Yes A2
If you have excluded a variable or data that are reported in the study being submitted, explain the rationale for exclusion:

Results Full Bobble

Describe the method of analyses you used to determine whether the intervention condition improved relative to baseline phase (e.g., visual inspection, computation of change score, mean difference):
Visual analysis, mean scores and overall percentages were evaluated.

Please present results in terms of within and between phase patterns. Data on the following data characteristics must be included: level, trend, variability, immediacy of the effect, overlap, and consistency of data patterns across similar conditions. Submitting only means and standard deviations for phases is not sufficient. Data must be included for each outcome measure (targeted, broader, and administrative if applicable) that was described above.
The teacher had a similar rate of questioning during the hand-raising (M= 1.01) and response card (M=1.06) conditions but provided more feedback during the response card condition (M= 1.2 as compared to 0.92 in hand-raising). Levels of hand-raising were 0 or low for all participants in the hand-raising condition (Alice= 0%, Leo= 22%, Brenda= 16%, Sam = 26% and Nicky = 27%) and increased in the response card condition (Alice=46%, Leo= 95%, Brenda= 91%, Sam = 100% and Nicky = 100%) Alice’s test scores improved from the first hand-raising condition to the first response condition, but there were no differences following the second exposure to the three conditions. For the remaining 4 students, all received higher test scores following the response card condition than following the hand-raising condition. Visual analysis showed no overlapping data points with an immediate effect for teacher feedback between hand-raising and response card conditions with increased feedback during response card conditions. There were similar patterns for teacher questioning during all phases, but an upward trend during the last hand-raising condition. Visual analysis also revealed an immediate effect between phases for all students with no overlapping data points for any student with little variability.

Additional Research

Is the program reviewed by WWC or E-ESSA?
No
Summary of WWC / E-ESSA Findings :

What Works Clearinghouse Review

This program was not reviewed by What Works Clearinghouse.

How many additional research studies are potentially eligible for NCII review?
0
Citations for Additional Research Studies :

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