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ERIC Number: ED082826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 15
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Behavior Modification: Education's Watergate.
Carrison, Muriel Paskin
Several of the theoretical and experimental assumptions relating to behavior modification are examined and criticized: (1) the human mind can only be understood by observing and measuring the functional behavior it causes, (2) performance can be equated with learning, (3) reward systems and token economies improve intrinsic learning, and (4) all of the variables involved in applying behavior modification techniques in normal classroom can be known and controlled. The philosophy of behavior modification is presented as a direct contradiction to the principles of a free democratic society. Behavior modification and the Watergate affair are described as exhibiting two similar characteristics: a drive for control and power and the practice of secretely manipulating other people toward goals set up by a few individuals. Inquiry and freedom, not conformity, should be encouraged in the classroom. (SET)
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