ERIC Number: ED027663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Case I: An Initial Study of Contingencies Applicable to Special Education.
Cohen, Harold L.; And Others
Sixteen inmates of the National Training School for Boys who had a poor school history were involved in an educational program which utilized a specially created environment and reinforcement. Students participated in regular classes or worked on individual programed materials to earn points which could be spent in a variety of ways. A cottage basement was converted to provide administrative offices, testing rooms, a student study area, student offices, a store, a library, and a lounge. A score of 90% on an individual program or on pre- or posttests earned the student a point equal to one cent. Admission was charged to the lounge and library, for recreational material, for food, clothing, books, magazines, or other material, for renting student offices, and for entrance into courses. Increased academic achievement, amount of time spent in educational pursuits and in leisure time activities, and individual improvement of selected students are shown in figures and tables. Office rental, course registration, staff reports, objective measurement, and observations of student attitudes and behavior are also presented to support the conclusion of program effectiveness. Program success, an increase in educational behaviors, and improved attitudes led to the establishment of a second, lengthier project. (RP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administration, Adolescents, Behavior, Behavior Change, Building Design, Classroom Design, Delinquency, Exceptional Child Research, Individualized Instruction, Inservice Education, Leisure Time, Offices (Facilities), Prisoners, Professional Education, Recreational Facilities, Reinforcement, Rewards, Space Utilization, Student Attitudes, Testing
Institute for Behavioral Research, Inc., 2426 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
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Sponsor: Bureau of Prisons (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.; Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Behavioral Research, Silver Spring, MD.