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Summer 2021


The purpose of this action research was to determine if a token economy would help motivate students to show appropriate behaviors. This action research was motivated by the researcher's own classroom observations of student behaviors and how students are motivated to show appropriate behaviors. The researcher is a special education teacher in her seventh year of teaching. Her own students participated in the implementation of a token economy intervention to help motivate them to show fewer disruptive and noncompliant behaviors. This study took place over a seven-week period where a token economy was introduced and implemented daily. The data reflects the inconsistency of the school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.