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ERIC Number: ED057143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 214
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A New Learning Environment: A Case For Learning.
Cohen, Harold L.; Filipczak, James
For more than two years, the authors of this book were involved in a special project with 41 teenage delinquents whose crimes ranged from auto theft and housebreaking to rape and homicide. Most of these youths had dropped out of public school and were equally unresponsive to the educational program within the Federal penal system at the National Training School for Boys (NTS) in Washington, D. C. The experimental program used operantly formulated contingency systems and the design of a special environment. By establishing an incentive plan, using rewards available in a free enterprise democracy (money and the things money can buy), the authors were able to increase the academic growth rate of these students two to four times the average for American public school students. The project designed a 24 hour learning environment, established new systems of operations, devised an economy based on academic achievement with scheduled reinforcement (which paid the students for competence), and hired the students to work for the project administration. The environment was planned to include choices and perquisites normally available to the average wage-earning American but not to these youths in prison. The students earned points (money) for academic performance and paid for their rooms, clothing, amusement, and gifts. They became, through their own achievement, working and paying members of the project society. (Author/JW)
Jossey-Bass, Inc., 615 Montgomery St., San Francisco, Calif. 94111 ($8.75)
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