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ERIC Number: ED048096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 10
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Improved Classroom Performance by Reinforcement Outside the Classroom.
McIntire, Roger; And Others
Each day, percentage scores on classroom and homework papers determined assignment of fifth and sixth grade students (N=53) into three groups. Children who were above 90 percent or had 10 percent improvement were given access to all activities in a project room. Children with less than 10 percent improvement were given limited access to activities. Children who decreased more than 10 percent were restricted to teaching machines. When spelling scores were no longer included in percentage scores, spelling scores decreased. When spelling was again counted but math was not, spelling scores increased and math scores decreased. The success of the manipulations indicated that written performance in the classroom, including tests and homework, can be brought under operant control. Reinforcement in this case was the opportunity for the child to work on such projects as baking and working on models. Children seemed to respond much better to reward than to whatever consequences presumably followed their poor scores in the classroom or at home. (Author/JS)
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