ERIC Number: ED028220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Reference Count: 0
IRCD Bulletin; Volume 3, Number 3, May 1967.
Gordon, Edmund W., Ed.
This IRCD Bulletin issue contains two papers. One, by Harold L. Cohen, summarizes two of his previously prepared papers in which he discusses his approach to learning behaviors. He describes the use of reinforcements as motivators for academic and social learning at a Federal correctional institution. Cohen states that "The design and use of new schedules of reinforcement in a contingency oriented environment, the use of programed instruction, and a design of a new curriculum produce academically competent youngsters who now recognize that they are becoming successful in an area which for them was previously failure. This is no longer a laboratory theory but a proven fact." The second paper, by Joan D. Gussow, reviews the theory of operant conditioning and relates it to education. Discussed are some applications and techniques of contingency management. In rebuttal to those who raise a moral issue about the application of conditioning theory to education, she notes that it can be viewed as "a technology, a tactic, capable of helping us reach our strategic educational goals." A selected bibliography on the experimental analysis of behavior is included. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Identifiers: District of Columbia; National Training School for Boys