ERIC Number: ED054509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Proclamation versus Contracting in Classroom Behavior Management.
Sapp, Gary L.; Williams, Robert L.
The study compared the efficacy of proclamation, contracting, and contingent teacher approval in modifying the classroom behavior of 5 Negro adolescents. Proclamation consisted of a written statement of reward and punishment contingencies (points gained or lost) under which the class was operating, whereas the contracting phase permitted students to suggest revisions of the point system and formally endorse it by signing their names to a contract. Implementation of treatments and subsequent reversals indicated that both proclamation and contracting produced a high level of appropriate behavior, but the contingent teacher approval, in the absence of proclamation or contracting, did not maintain a high level of appropriate behavior. The principal conclusion derived from the results is that a student's formal endorsement of a contract, alone, will not radically alter his performance. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville.
Note: Paper presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association Annual Convention (20th, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971)