ERIC Number: ED028483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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SWCEL Classroom Management Program. Delay and Magnitude of Reward for Achieving Behavioral Objectives.
Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
This study pragmatically studied and developed classroom management techniques and teaching strategies to increase pupil interest in the learning process, in the hope of contributing to pupil gain in desirable behaviors. Data was collected from teachers in four states. The classroom problems related by the teachers involved cognitive and affective pupil behaviors. Therefore, delay in rewards and magnitude of reinforcement were investigated to determine their effects on affective and cognitive classroom behavior. These two types of reinforcing conditions are compared: (1) the conventional verbal praise of the teacher, and (2) a point system where accumulation of a specified number of points results in a tangible reward. Under the point system, two incentive goal conditions are studied: (1) short-term, where reward occurs every six school days, and (2) long-term where reward occurs after six weeks. Classes are reminded of their goal, contingencies of reward, and number of points earned at specified internals. Included is a suggested list of behaviors rewarded, the procedures, schedule, and suggested rewards for both short term and long term goal conditions and the control procedures. (KP)
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Authoring Institution: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.