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ERIC Number: ED069998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 20
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Operant Control of Classroom Behavior.
MacPherson, Evelyn M.
A brief introduction to various aspects of operant conditioning is presented, followed by a discussion of ethical concerns. Also discussed in this paper are topics such as (1) what is it? (2) motivation, (3) students need motivating, and (4) a new method. The latter part of the paper is concerned with a year long behavior project in an elementary school setting. Thirty three students whose behavior most frequently disrupted learning in the classroom were selected to serve as target children. During the first two workshop sessions, baseline data was collected on the children. The third session was devoted to response acquisition, and the fourth session dealt with extinction. It was concluded that operant methods coupled with mediation training produced behavioral changes for the better. A number of specific changes are described, among them being that immediately after initiation of the training methods, the frequency of office referrals dropped sharply. (Author/BW)
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Note: Speech delivered at the National Convention of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, April 10, 1972, Miami Beach, Florida