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ERIC Number: ED117893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Problems of Quality Control in the Use of Behavior Change Techniques in Public School Settings.
Harris, Alice
A program was designed to train college students in the use of behavior modification procedures with problem children in the classroom. Through application of social learning theory principles and operant conditioning, program trainees learned to reduce the innapropriate behavior of problem children in class, to prevent small difficulties from becoming future problems, and to maintain optimal levels of academic and social behavior. The training program consisted of four phases: pre-intervention training in observation and data collection, pre-intervention training in classroom contingency management, intervention strategy training and implementation training. Problems encountered during the pre-intervention phase (such as students "freezing" when being videotaped during role-playing practices) were usually resolved while the program was being conducted on the college campus. The majority of problems took place in the public school setting and generally stemmed from a reciprocal view of incompetency existing between classroom teachers and college students. To deal with problems, a set of guidelines was developed which related to the baseline data collection phase, the intervention/teaching phase, and the relationship between participating students and the school setting. (Appended is a list of errors commonly made by poorly trained teachers attempting to carry out behavior modification programs.) (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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