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ERIC Number: ED057299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Pages: 11
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The Use of Contingency Management to Affect Learning Performance in Adult Institutionalized Offenders.
McKee, John M.
A description is given of the development and application of contingency management (CM) techniques to the educational performance of a broad cross section of adult, male prison inmates. By most standards, these inmates are judged to be at the lowest rung of the motivational ladder. Draper Correctional Center experimental and demonstration projects were begun in 1961 to provide basic education through the use of programmed instruction (PI). To modify the operation of the self instructional school, an Individually Prescribed Instructional System was created, and effective CM procedures were developed. CM procedures were also applied to vocational training at Draper in the Manpower Development and Training Programs. Six studies made of the use of CM in the Draper program show that the materials and techniques that have been successfully employed fall into two categories: the contingency or performance contract, and progress plotters. Results of the studies clearly indicate that performance-contingent pay to trainees is significantly superior in getting efficient and effective learning in both basic education and vocational programs. (Pages 12 through 14 of the original document, which are examples of CM devices and forms, are copyrighted and are not available from EDRS.) (DB)
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Note: Paper presented at meeting of American Psychological Association (Washington, D. C., September 1971)