Taking the time out of transitions
Until now, studies have not looked at the importance of managing and reducing academic transition times in inclusion classrooms. In the present study, researchers examine the impact of teacher-approved, environmental modifications in the context of an inclusion class. The methodology used was a single-subject, multiple baseline design across four transitions in two early childhood inclusion classrooms, to evaluate the effectiveness of classroom modifications on transition time. The modifications included: lines on the rug to indicate seating rows, table inserts and chair bags to provide access to materials, visual aids to indicate center choices, and chimes to begin/end transitions. Results from the interventions show that teacher-prompted modifications in inclusion classrooms are relevant to the overall discourse of the importance of reducing transition times. Class-wide data analysis showed a decrease in transition times by an average of 1 minute and 36 seconds, following the introduction of the modifications. Teacher feedback indicated satisfaction with the modifications and the results.
Education and Treatment of Children
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Guardino, & Fullerton, E. K. (2014). Taking the Time Out of Transitions. Education & Treatment of Children, 37(2), 211–228. https://doi.org/10.1353/etc.2014.0014