Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1–17 | Cite as

Effects of Fluency Versus Accuracy Training on Endurance and Retention of Assembly Tasks by Four Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities

  • Gabrielle T. Lee
  • Jessica Singer-Dudek
Original Paper


Schools are increasingly being encouraged to teach vocational skills to middle and high school students. Although extensive research exists demonstrating the benefits of fluency instruction when teaching academic skills to this population of students, few studies have examined the importance of fluency training when teaching vocational skills. Using an alternating treatments design, the present study examined the effects of fluency versus accuracy training on 4 students’ fluency in completing 2 vocational tasks. Following the training phase, students completed each task during 20- and 40-min work sessions to assess endurance and retention of the trained skills. Overall, results suggest that the fluency condition produced greater work productivity.


Fluency Accuracy Rate criterion Endurance Retention Vocational skills 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Department of Health and Behavior StudiesTeachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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