ERIC Number: ED133720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effective Remediation of Reading Skills Using Behavior Modification.
Rupley, William H.
This study investigated the effectiveness of behavior modification techniques used in a 16-week summer remedial reading program for primary-level students. Ten elementary teachers enrolled in an introductory graduate course in diagnostic and remedial reading received eight hours of training in the use of behavior management techniques: establishing baseline data, identifying and using a nonmaterialistic reward system, and rewarding only the appropriate behaviors. Subjects, 28 students who had attended a reading clinic for four weeks and had received 20 hours of instruction, were assigned randomly to experimental and control groups. Control-group teachers instructed their students through the use of games, teacher-made materials, and commercially prepared materials, while experimental-group teachers, using the same instructional materials, added the use of behavioral reinforcers such as verbal and written praise, student-made graphs, wall charts, reading hardware, and free-choice reading. Data, revealing higher skill attainment for the experimental group, suggest that the remediation of specific skill deficiencies in reading is facilitated through the use of behavior modification techniques. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Texas State Council of The International Reading Association (San Antonio, Texas, March 1976)