Proposal Abstract

This research reports summarized and analyzed research data that was collected over three (3) semesters and demonstrates the value of one hundred thirty-five (135) student self-reported perspectives, values, opinions, and observations in the use of fidget toys in the classroom as a behavior modification technique. The multiplicity of in-class negative distractions detracts contemporary students from the learning process. The researcher initiated the use of fidget toys in the classroom in order to create a positive distraction to help refocus student attention on in-class topics. The fidget toys used in this research were small, squeezable, spongy, hand-held items. A twelve (12) question Likert Rating Scale survey was used to record data both at the beginning and end of each of the semesters. Research survey results suggest that fidget toys were instrumental in refocusing the attention of those students who had previously succumbed to distractions to the learning process.

Location

Concourse

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 10th, 2:00 PM Mar 10th, 3:00 PM

An Innovative Use of Fidget Toys in a University Classroom

Concourse

This research reports summarized and analyzed research data that was collected over three (3) semesters and demonstrates the value of one hundred thirty-five (135) student self-reported perspectives, values, opinions, and observations in the use of fidget toys in the classroom as a behavior modification technique. The multiplicity of in-class negative distractions detracts contemporary students from the learning process. The researcher initiated the use of fidget toys in the classroom in order to create a positive distraction to help refocus student attention on in-class topics. The fidget toys used in this research were small, squeezable, spongy, hand-held items. A twelve (12) question Likert Rating Scale survey was used to record data both at the beginning and end of each of the semesters. Research survey results suggest that fidget toys were instrumental in refocusing the attention of those students who had previously succumbed to distractions to the learning process.