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ERIC Number: ED083903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 9
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The Effect of Reinforcement Contingencies Indigenous to College Classrooms.
Komaki, Judi
On the college level controllable consequences that are likely to improve achievement are scarce and often unimaginatively used. Student assessment and grades have typically been emphasized. The purpose of this study was to determine if achievement could be improved by providing an increase and choice of contingencies following academic performance. The options included events that many instructors often dispense noncontingently such as postponing quizzes and allowing extra credit. Student performance on practice quizzes was compared under a contingency and a noncontingency condition. If students performed better when these events were made contingent on measures of achievement, then it would be concluded that the events were reinforcing. Results were mixed. The contingency condition was effective in producing higher scores for one class but not for the other. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention (81st, 1973)