ERIC Number: ED043589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
A Training Program to Increase the Effectiveness of Personnel Teaching Retarded and Other Behaviorally Disadvantaged Children. Director's Report.
Gelfand, Donna M.
A program was conducted 1) to identify sources of teacher error in administering individual behavior modification programs to behaviorally retarded children, and 2) to develop effective individual and group training programs for a variety of professional and paraprofessional teaching personnel. Analysis of videotapes of teacher performance reveals that both objectives were achieved. Participants were drawn from the staff of a behavior modification training day care center; included were three college student behavioral specialists, eight foster grandparents who were classroom aides, and three mothers who worked as volunteer helpers and were trained to conduct behavioral modification programs with their own children. In phase 1 staff members were videotaped daily as they followed instructions in administering programs designed to teach children simple skills. Tapes were replayed with each teacher immediately following her daily session and appropriate behaviors praised. In Phase 2 (8 weeks of daily 2-hour sessions) foster grandparents were given informal lectures and videotape demonstrations on behavior modification. Later videotapes of their own teaching were replayed for group discussion. In phase 3 mothers read a programed text on social learning; then role playing and videotape demonstrations were used to teach them necessary skills. After instruction in her own child's program, videotapes of the mother's own performance were analyzed after each tutoring session. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.