ERIC Number: ED074059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
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Achieving Academic and Social Objectives in Elementary Grades Through Behavioral Analysis. Volume VI, No. 4.
Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Center for Applied Behavioral Research.; Atlanta Public Schools, GA.
A Behavior Modification Program was implemented in four classes of a normal public school. These four classes encompassed 93 children ranging in age from 7 to 14 years. Included in the project was a second grade, a third grade, a sixth grade, and a seventh grade. The primary focus of the program in the second, sixth, and seventh grades was upon increasing the academic performance of the children through a variety of methods, including the use of student tutors and points for correct work. In the third grade the primary focus was upon control of extremely high rates of disorderly behavior through the use of a home-based management system. The results revealed that in each of the three classes where academic performance was the primary variable, statistically significant differences were obtained on the Metropolitan Achievement Tests when compared to control groups. Further, all classes increased in number of academic levels passed. Additional experiments indicated that a) it was the point reinforcement system which controlled the children's rate of academic performance, b) student tutors led to increased levels and academic performance when compared to periods when no tutors were present, and c) the academic performance of the tutors was facilitated by the process of teaching other children. A two-item bibliography is included. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Center for Applied Behavioral Research.; Atlanta Public Schools, GA.