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ERIC Number: ED124880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
Improving Teacher Effectiveness in Reading Instruction through the Use of Behavior Modification.
Rupley, William H.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a behavior modification method for remediation of reading skills with ten primary grade students enrolled in a sixteen week program. Ten elementary school teachers enrolled in a graduate diagnostic and remedial reading course received eight hours of instruction, including the collection and verification of baseline data, the use of goal-establishment and conditioned reinforcers, and the development of an effective instructional environment. The ten children in the experimental group received instruction from graduate students through the use of games, teacher-made materials, and commercially prepared materials in addition to reinforcement of positive behaviors by verbal and written praise, self-monitoring of progress, and hardware such as an audio recorder. Standard instruction with no attempt at reinforcement was provided for a group of ten control subjects. Analysis of data after ten hours of instruction indicated that remediation of specific reading deficiencies is improved through the use of behavior modification techniques. In addition, it is noted that improvement does not depend on the use of materialistic reinforcers such as candy, tokens, etc. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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