ERIC Number: ED125971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
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Modification of Procrastinating Behavior in Personalized System of Instruction.
Lu, Paul H.
The study investigates whether procrastination in Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) can be alleviated by two behavior-modification techniques. The efficacy of oral urging with praise by the proctor and a point reward for the early completion of units in reducing student procrastination behavior in two PSI psychology courses are examined. In the first experiment 48 students in an introductory PSI psychology course were divided into four groups. Two served as experimental groups which received periodic urging with praise and two as control groups which received no urging. In a second course, 55 students were allowed to earn 10 extra points if they finished a unit on time. However, the practice was stopped in the sixth week and reinstated in the ninth week in order to check its effect on students' behavior. The results of both experiments indicated that procrastinating behavior can be modified by either of the two behavior-modification techniques. In both experiments the percentage of procrastination was reduced from over 90 percent to between 17 and 30 percent. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Motivation Techniques, Pacing, Positive Reinforcement, Programed Instruction, Psychological Studies, Psychology, Student Motivation, Teacher Influence
Paul H. Lu, Box 793, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee 37752 ($0.50, 20% discount available for 5 or more copies)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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