ERIC Number: ED047775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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The Behavior Analysis Classroom.
Bushell, Don, Jr.
In a Behavior Analysis classroom the first step is to define instructional objectives for academic or social skills. The second step is to determine how much the child already knows about what is to be taught. An Entry Behavior Inventory and diagnostic tests help teachers decide where each child needs to begin working in the sequence leading to academic objectives. Motivation is taught with the help of incentives such as teacher-praise and child selection of favorite activities. A token system rewards the child with tokens for behavior and improvement at learning tasks. Tokens may be accumulated and exchanged later for activities such as recess and a chance to play games with classmates. To be effective, tokens must be used for immediate reinforcement and delivered at frequent intervals when the child is learning steps of a new and difficult task. A classroom team of teacher and aides makes it possible for each child to receive personal attention and reinforcement. Parent participation, in the classroom and at home, is a key factor in the success of the Behavior Analysis approach. The curriculum, the daily schedule, and the use of reinforcement techniques for discipline are discussed. Program and staff development and evaluation are described. (NH)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Discipline, Early Childhood Education, Learning Motivation, Parent Participation, Positive Reinforcement, Program Descriptions, Rewards, Teacher Aides, Teachers
Follow Through Project, Department of Human Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 ($0.30)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Human Development.