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ERIC Number: ED015110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 21
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Reference Count: 0
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"MOTIVATED LEARNING" READING TREATMENT WITH ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS AND INSTRUCTIONAL-TECHNICIANS.
STAATS, ARTHUR W.; AND OTHERS
A METHOD OF TREATING READING DEFICITS BASED UPON AN EXTRINSIC MOTIVATIONAL SYSTEM PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED SUCCESSFULLY WITH A SINGLE SUBJECT WAS EXTENDED TO 18 ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS. THE JUNIOR HIGH AGE SUBJECTS INCLUDED RETARDED CHILDREN IN SPECIAL CLASSES, SEVERAL EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN, AND CULTURALLY DEPRIVED CHILDREN. THE METHOD OF TRAINING USED IN THE ORIGINAL STUDY WAS SIMPLE TO ADMINISTER. IT WAS HYPOTHESIZED THAT SUBPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL COULD BE EMPLOYED TO ADMINISTER THE TREATMENT. ADULT VOLUNTEERS AND HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WERE USED AS THE INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNICIANS. THE 18 SUBJECTS WERE GIVEN 38.2 HOURS OF TRAINING IN DAILY HALF-HOUR SESSIONS DURING WHICH PERIOD THE AVERAGE REINFORCEMENT EARNED WAS $22.29. THE MEAN NUMBER OF SINGLE WORD READING RESPONSES WAS 94,425. THE RATE OF READING ACCELERATED OVER THE PERIOD OF TRAINING, EVEN THOUGH THE READING MATERIAL BECAME MORE DIFFICULT. THIS OCCURRED DURING A PERIOD WHEN PROGRESSIVELY LESS REINFORCEMENT WAS GIVEN PER READING RESPONSE. A MEAN OF 616.8 NEW WORDS WAS LEARNED, AND 70.9 PERCENT OF THESE WAS RETAINED IN A LONG TERM TEST. THE ATTENTION, ATTENDANCE, COOPERATION, AND DILIGENT WORK BEHAVIOR OF THE VARIOUS CHILDREN WERE MAINTAINED IN GOOD STRENGTH THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE STUDY. (AUTHOR)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Identifiers: MADISON; UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN