ERIC Number: ED064635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
"Accentuate the Positive." The Results of an In-Service Training Program in the Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification in the Classroom.
Brown, Paul L.; Presbie, Robert J.
The authors were asked to provide in-service training for teachers in an elementary school on an experimental basis. This was the first time the district has offered such training in a single school for faculty of that school. Twenty-two of the twenty-seven teachers at the 800 pupil elementary school in Spring Valley, New York were enrolled in an in-service training course entitled "Behavior Modification Procedures for the Elementary School Teacher." Among the pinpointed behaviors chosen by the teachers to work on were: hitting; out of seat; following instructions; starting and completing class assignments; completing homework; talking spontaneously; accuracy in arithmetic; thumbsucking; group talkout; spelling accuracy; reading speed and comprehension; and wearing glasses. By the third training session most teachers had successfully changed a behavior in the desired direction. Following nine hours of training in behavioral psychology the entire faculty of the elementary school were applying operant techniques with no further apparent need of consultation with the instructors. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, New Paltz. Coll. at New Paltz.
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, 43rd annual meeting on April 12, 1972 in Boston, Massachusetts