Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Higher Education
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Positive self-talk is the experience of carrying on an internal conversation with oneself in the form of praise and encourages the individual to persist despite risks or challenges. Goal- oriented thinking is a purposeful mental process used when solving a problem or working on a task and generally occurs when an individual is reasoning, problem solving and decision making. When engaged in goal-oriented thinking, individuals must interpret their current situation, determine their desired state, and then connect the two through a series of actions in an attempt to transform the former to the latter. Individuals who frequently use positive self-talk as a goal-oriented mental process have improved task awareness, exhibit greater effort towards a task, and are more likely to make frequent attempts to reach a desired outcome.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of positive self-talk and goal- oriented thinking on on-task behavior for middle school students with learning disabilities (LD). Students with LD have increasingly distracting thoughts and therefore need to be explicitly taught to change their cognitive processes. A multiple baseline across participants design was used in one self-contained classroom in a large urban school district. A total of four sixth- and seventh-grade students participated. Data were collected on student on-task behavior and work completion rates.
goal-oriented thinking; learning disabilities; positive self-talk
Special Education and Teaching
Feeney, Danielle M., "Using Positive Self-Talk and Goal-Oriented Thinking to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Students with Learning Disabilities" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3721.