ERIC Number: ED022802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-17
Reference Count: 0
M.O.D.E.L.: "Motivationally Oriented Designs for an Ecology of Learning."
Cohen, Harold L.
This paper describes an educational program for 28 adolescent delinquents at a training school for boys. All of the students had histories of educational failure. Individualized programed instruction and a system of extrinsic learning reinforcements were the experimental basis of the program. Points, exchangeable for money, were given to the students as a reward for learning success. In an environment simulating the nonprison world, the students used the earned money to pay for their room, food, clothing, gifts, and entrance and tuition fees. Students without sufficient funds went on "relief." No student was on relief for more than two weeks. In addition to monetary reinforcement, group reinforcement was given by announcing successes to the entire student body. Test results indicate an average increase for every 90 hours of academic work of 1.89 grade levels on the Stanford Achievement Test and 2.7 grade levels on the Gates Reading Survey. Intelligence test data indicate that the students in general had also increased their IQ rating. (JL)
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Identifiers: District of Columbia; National Training School for Boys
Note: Paper presented at AERA Symp. on Application of Reinforcement Principles to Educ. (New York, N.Y., Feb. 17, 1967).