ERIC Number: ED027952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Fun While Learning and Earning. A Look Into Chattanooga Public Schools' Token Reinforcement Program.
Smith, William F.; Sanders, Frank J.
A token reinforcement program was used by the Piney Woods Research and Demonstration Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Children who were from economically deprived homes received tokens for positive behavior. The tokens were redeemable for recess privileges, ice cream, candy, and other such reinforcers. All tokens were spent on the day earned so that there would be no saving up for a rainy day. The results showed that minor as well as extreme negative behavior was modified. For example, one boy would throw his lunch and shoes into a waste basket upon arriving at school. He would also throw temper tantrums. After the teacher continually rewarded the children around him for their positive behavior, the boy joined class activities more readily and had fewer outbursts of temper. To measure more effectively the results of the program, a pretest and posttest research design has been developed and is being tested with more traditional first grades. (JS)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Change, Behavior Patterns, Classroom Techniques, Economically Disadvantaged, Experimental Programs, Grade 1, Positive Reinforcement
Chattanooga Public Schools', Division of Research and Development, 1161 West Fortieth Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chattanooga Public Schools, TN. Div. of Research and Development.