ERIC Number: ED021633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Nov-30
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Head Start Evaluation and Research Center, University of Kansas. Report No. I, the Observation of Reinforcement Behavior of Teachers in Head Start Classrooms and the Modification of a Teacher's Attending Behavior.
Cooper, Margaret; Thomson, carolyn
Two teachers were subjects of this investigation into the effect of various forms of feedback on the frequency of a teacher's attending to desirable child behavior. The feedback took three forms: (1) a report of the frequency of the teacher's attending to appropriate pupil responses, (2) a report of the frequency of attended and unattended appropriate pupil responses, and (3) "irrelevant" feedback in the form of observer questions or comments. Teacher A, who manifested the lower initial attending behavior during the baseline observation period, was given a training program while Teacher B was given a control condition. Subsequently, Teacher B also received the training program. The study was conducted in two schools serving low income families in a large midwestern city. The results indicated that (1) both teachers increased in total attention to appropriate child responses during the training periods, Teacher A increasing more than Teacher B, (2) the children did not show a noticeable increase in average output of appropriate responses, (3) social attention by the observer did not, by itself, produce modification of teacher attending behavior, and (4) the increase in teacher attending behavior involved only appropriate child responses rather than all child responses. (WD)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.; Institute for Educational Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Human Development.