ERIC Number: ED042499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
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The Modification of Teacher Behaviors Which Modify Child Behaviors. Progress Report.
Thomson, Carolyn L.; Cooper, Margaret L.
This study on behavior modification training examined the effect of frequent feedback to reinforce a teacher's attending to appropriate child behaviors. Two Head Start teachers were selected as subjects. Baseline observations, training, and posttest observations were made of both teachers. Training involved feedback to the teachers every 10 minutes on the appropriateness of their reinforcing techniques. Data from observations indicated that feedback was an important factor in modifying the behavior of the teachers. In addition, teachers were equipped with hearing-aid type receivers, so that they could receive immediate and continual feedback. The dependent measure of this phase of the study was the behavior of the children the teacher was attempting to help. The desired teacher behaviors and student behaviors increased greatly. One of the teachers generalized to the entire class the lessons she had been taught for a specific target child. Measurement of teacher effectiveness through measurement of child behaviors appears worthy of further exploration. (MH)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Head Start Evaluation and Research Center.