ERIC Number: ED060828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-14
Reference Count: 0
Experiment in Learning/Service. Final Report.
Rushing, Corbitt B.; James, Ralph E.
This investigation sought to determine whether faculty, peers, or community supervisors could provide the best type of positive reinforcement for college students engaged in community-based learning service. Students were placed in 5 equally weighted groups: (1) reinforcement by community supervisors only; (2) half of the reinforcement from community supervisors and half from college faculty; (3) all reinforcement from college faculty; (4) only peer group reinforcement; and (5) no reinforcement (control group). The most striking result was that the control group with no reinforcement completed 0% of their assignments on time for the first semester. The faculty group represented the lower parameter of 30%, and the peer group achieved the highest score, 70%. Overall, students performed as well with peer group reinforcement as with faculty reinforcement. To be substantiated this finding would require isolation of personality, convenience, and other unknown factors. Further research is recommended because of the cost-effective and learning enrichment potential represented by wider roles for students. (Author/HS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Wesleyan Coll., Rocky Mount.