ERIC Number: ED101527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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Increasing Mentally Retarded Adolescents' Verbalizations About Current Events. Working Paper No. 278.
Keilitz, Ingo; And Others
Operant conditioning principles were used to promote verbalizations based on current event television news stories in three institutionalized 15-year-old retardates. Percentages of correct responses concerning the videotaped news segments were recorded in four experimental conditions: baseline, massed news with tokens and praise contingent on appropriate verbal response, news distributed over time without reinforcement, and distributed news with contingent tokens and praise. Results indicated that the use of reinforcement and distribution of the news positively affected the Ss' verbal behavior. Demonstrated was the affect on verbalization of antecedent conditions (exposure to television news), suggesting television's potential as an aid in language instruction. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, KS.