ERIC Number: ED040974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Approving Teaching Behaviors on Classroom Behaviors of Disadvantaged Adolescents. Final Report.
Cormier, William H.
The aim of this study was to determine the effect of social reinforcement by the teacher on the classroom behavior of economically disadvantaged adolescents. The study also investigated the length of time necessary to demonstrate marked changes in behavior and the effect of social reinforcement on non-target class members. Subjects were six eighth-grade classes. Three students in each class were identified by the teacher as disruptive (target students) and were the object of social reinforcement techniques. Teacher and student behavior was observed and recorded during a baseline period of several weeks, and then teachers were instructed in the principles of social reinforcement. Further observations were made during a random sequence of varied-length control and experimental conditions. Analysis of student behavior revealed a significant change in the behavior of both target and non-target students during experimental conditions. There was also a significant difference between short and long time periods. It is concluded that social reinforcemend can improve the classroom behavior of economically disadvantaged adolescents. Further research is recommended with middle class adolescents. (Forty pages of data tables are appended.) (RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville.