ERIC Number: ED037242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of the Reinstein Reinforcement Schedule on Learning of Specific Concepts Contained in the Buchanan Language Program. Part of the Final Report on Head Start Evaluation and Research: 1968-69 to the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Espinosa, Renato; And Others
The Reinstein Reinforcement Schedule, based on a simple program of reinforcement for success and nonreinforcement for failure, was one of the important variables introduced in the University of Texas 1968-69 Head Start Intervention Study. The effect of the schedule was assessed as part of an evaluation of the Buchanan Language Program. Three groups of children were compared: A group of Negro English-speaking children, a group of Mexican-American children whose first language was Spanish (who were tested throughout the language program with the Schedule), and a second Mexican-American group who did not receive the schedule. The groups were compared for mastery of concepts in the language program and on the Metropolitan Reading Readiness Test to test for generalization of learning effects. Results controlled for ethnic group support the hypothesis that improved learning may result from the use of the Schedule. An investigation of possible effects of nonreinforcement, using a specially devised criterion, revealed no effects. Informal observation suggested that the positive effects of the Schedule could well be due to the additional practice the children receiving it obtained. (DR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Child Development Evaluation and Research Center.
Identifiers: Buchanan Language Program; Metropolitan Readiness Tests; Reinstein Reinforcement Schedule