ERIC Number: ED059463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Contingency Management Procedures on the Rate of Learning.
McKee, John M.; And Others
Two different groups of subjects--incarcerated adult offenders and freshman nursing students--participated in an academic experiment which employed an individually prescribed learning system. The system featured programmed instructional materials and contingency management procedures to obtain stable cumulative records of learning performance. Contingency contracts and backup reinforcers were used to achieve optimum motivation, as indexed by test scores and ratios of empirically derived estimates to actual times for task completion. Intercorrelations between learning rate, various measures of educational achievement, and I.Q. were not significant. It was suggested that a behavioral analysis of other functions should be explored. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Behavioral Science Research, College Freshmen, Correlation, Experimental Programs, Individual Instruction, Instructional Materials, Intelligence Quotient, Measurement Instruments, Motivation Techniques, Nurses, Prisoners, Programed Instructional Materials, Recordkeeping, Reinforcement, Task Performance, Test Results, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rehabilitation Research Foundation, Elmore, AL. Draper Correctional Center.
Note: Paper presented at 17th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (April 30, 1971, Miami Beach, Fla.)