ERIC Number: ED208644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Improving Academic Performance in a Bilingual Education Classroom.
Golub, Lester S.; Sweeney, Gladys M.
The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it evaluates the effectiveness of token economy programs in increasing academic performance in a bilingual education classroom setting. Second, it attempts to train the teacher in the basic behavior modification principles and assist her/him in the delivery of appropriate and consistent reinforcement contingencies. The token economy system was developed to strengthen completion and accuracy of the students' performance. In this system, children earn, for their efforts, recognition points that may be exchanged for a variety of activities, privileges, and priorities. Students may also lose points by misbehaving. The results of a study indicate that reinforcement of academic performance increased the percentage of correct answers by a group of students. Evidence also shows that decreasing disruptive activities in the classroom does not necessarily increase academic performance. By focusing on academic performance, the teacher's efforts are enhanced and the student's potentials are optimized. A list of daily and weekly reinforcements is included. (JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bilingual Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Bilingual Bicultural Education Conference (10th, Boston, MA, May 23-30, 1981).