ERIC Number: ED127050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Albuquerque Indian School Motivational Environment Program.
Hiat, Albert B.; And Others
In order to evaluate the impact of a token economy behavior modification program implemented from 1970-71 in the Albuquerque Indian School (AIS), a secondary institution, a five-member evaluation team assessed standardized test results, behavioral data, and student and staff attitudes. A battery of tests (Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, SRA Achievement Series, and/or the Illinois Test of Educational Development) were administered to 41 students at AIS on a pre- and post-test basis. Employing the reversal technique, behavioral data taken from the dormitories and classrooms were gathered on drinking, absenteeism without leave, tardiness (bedcheck), and class absence and tardiness. Personal interviews (N=63) and open-ended questionnaires were utilized to assess student attitudes toward the school in general, the token economy, perceptions of change, future programs, etc. Staff attitudes were evaluated in terms of a conceptual systems theory. Evaluation findings suggested the following: the most important conclusions were based on subjective data; most of the objective data indicated the program had not significantly altered behavior; the behaviors chosen for modification were extremely complex, deeply rooted, and influenced by external factors; lack of staff commitment, training, and/or opportunity contributed to project problems; some individual improvement was apparent. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Albuquerque, NM.; Albuquerque Indian School, NM.