ERIC Number: ED059464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Contingency Management in a Correctional Institution.
McKee, John M.
Educational Technology, v11 n4 p51-4 1971
The individually prescribed instruction (IPI) system in use at Draper Correctional Center was studied. The IPI system for basic education involves five operations: (1) establishing the learning objectives--basic literacy, educational skills prerequisite for occupational training, preparation for the GED high school equivalency examination, etc., (2) Diagnosing the learner's relevant entry skills, (3) Prescribing the modules of material in the sequence necessary to attain the objective or to remedy the learning deficiency, (4) Managing the contingencies of reinforcement, and (5) Evaluating learner's progress. To complement the IPI system, a system of managing the contingencies of reinforcement was necessary in order to maintain consistent learning performance. The study was designed in three phases. Phase I was a three-week baseline period during which quantity and quality baseline measures of academic "productivity" were established. During Phase II, the contingencies of reinforcement were managed by the experimenter. The third phase was a two-week self-management phase during which each subject was allowed to specify the amount of work he would do each day. Evaluation of the effectiveness of contingency management techniques in the Manpower Development and Training Program will be part of an intensive, long-term follow-up study. (CK)
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Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rehabilitation Research Foundation, Elmore, AL. Draper Correctional Center.