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ERIC Number: ED057920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Pages: 32
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Guidelines in Constructing Operant Strategies with Children.
McIntire, Roger W.
B. F. Skinner's suggestions concerning control of society are discussed with reference to the kinds of control already taken over children and students. An emphasis is placed upon the behavioral goal as a necessary characteristic of educational and child rearing procedures. It is suggested that a prejudice against the young allows us to use punitive rules more freely and show less concern with justifying behavior goals when dealing with the young than when dealing with adults. Constructive suggestions are proposed and exemplified in classroom and therapy procedures. In these reports, the application of some simple rules are described. The rules are: (1) You learn what you do, (2) You learn what you teach, (3) You learn what is reinforced, (4) Bad behavior can be made more costly without punishment, (5) The first demands must be small enough to guarantee reinforcement. Finally, the ethics of manipulating human behavior are reviewed with respect to the behavioral goal and the new concern for individual freedom. (Author)
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