ERIC Number: ED038674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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The Effect of Points Exchangeable for Grades as a Reinforcer for Study Behavior of High School Students.
Nesselroad, Elizabeth M.; Vargas, Julie S.
This study asked whether or not points which could add to a student's grade would reinforce studying in high school students. The study was conducted in a tenth grade biology class of 33 college bound, lower-class students. Four additional people were present in the class: two observers and two teacher aides to administer points. To accurately record the behavior, 12 students were randomly selected and observed in detail. Students were given either a point score, a signature, or nothing for their daily study behavior. Results showed that the giving of signatures did have an effect on the behavior of the 12 students. The average study behavior increased when points were given and decreased when they were not given. The predicted pattern of increased studying during contingent point giving occurred in seven out of 12 students. The present study has shown that grade increments will serve as a reinforcer for typical secondary school students. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown.