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ERIC Number: ED056979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 25
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Production of Specified Terminal Performances in Every Student in Undergraduate Psychology Courses.
Chapman, Richard F.
Students from an undergraduate course in the experimental analysis of behavior and from an honors section and a night class section of introductory psychology were exposed to a contingency program designed to produce the same specified terminal performance in every student. The principles underlying the course administration, scheduled activities, assignments, quizzes, and course grades were explained to the students at the initial class meeting. The subject matter for each course was divided into weekly units, and each student was given a unit assignment sheet consisting of approximately 30 questions. A quiz consisting of a sample of nine or ten questions taken directly from the assignment sheet was given weekly. Activities or quizzes could be repeated as many times as necessary to obtain a minimum grade of "B." With the exception of two students who obtained a grade of "B," all students obtained an "A" as their final course grade. Responses to a course evaluation questionnaire indicated that students clearly understood their responsibilities, felt the grading was fair, felt their comprehension of the subject matter was above average, and were stimulated to take other undergraduate psychology courses. (Author/RT)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman.