ERIC Number: ED059978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Behavior Modification in a Seventh Grade Classroom. 1970-71.
Maintaining orderly behavior in the classroom has traditionally been one of the major problems of teachers. The three experiments described in this report were designed to discover whether behavior management procedures can effectively control the high levels of disruption manifested by older children, whether reducing the level of disruption will be effective in increasing the academic performance of the children, and, if not, whether a motivation system can be designed which will lead to significant academic output. The subjects were a class of 19 seventh-grade children in a low-income elementary school in Atlanta who had a reputation for extreme behavior problems. The first experiment sought to bring discipline problems under control by means of a token-point reinforcement system; the second experiment sought to manage discipline problems through social influence and group reinforcement; the third experiment sought to improve academic performance through reinforcement. Results demonstrated that 1) discipline problems can be virtually eliminated through the application of appropriate behavioral procedures and 2) reinforcement for academic performance can significantly increase the academic level of a classroom group. It appears that the more widely behavior management techniques are used, the more effective school programs will be (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Public Schools, GA.
Note: Research and Development Report, Vol V, No 6