ERIC Number: ED082094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Academic Incentive Program for High School Youth from a Poverty Area.
Hall, R. Vance; Harris, Jasper W.
The general purpose of the research at Sumner High School was to apply reinforcement contingencies to the academic behaviors of underachieving students who have college potential, and to evaluate the results of the reinforcement contingencies. The specific aim was to improve academic achievement in these youth and to motivate them to qualify for and to enroll in college. This was accomplished through identifying talented poverty area students, defining and measuring their appropriate and inappropriate academic behaviors and their school achievement, applying contingent reinforcement and evaluating the results through careful measurement and analysis of the techniques which produced desirable academic behavior. The results of the research indicated that the most significant gains in achievement are noted when classes were structured, when more clearly defined cues were given, and when the number of responses required of students were increased. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Research and Development Resources.
Authoring Institution: Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Kansas City, MO.