ERIC Number: ED142951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Behavior Modification Program for First Graders to Improve Study Skills and Habits in Relation to Reading.
Roets, Lois F.
This paper discusses behavior modification principles designed and implemented to increase the on-task performance of 22 first-graders during study and class time for two daily reading periods. Acceptable behavior in class included listening and participation in activities and, during study time, included keeping busy with reading activities and not disturbing others by noise or conversation that didn't pertain to the lessons at hand. Baseline data were collected in a two-week period by noting interruptions, timing actual instruction, and counting the number of words recognized in isolation or in sentences in a basal reading series. Color-coded charts denoting students' performance behavior were displayed in the classroom starting with the third week; they were maintained for seven weeks. The reinforcement schedule was fixed at one prize per week's performance, and students who earned prizes were given additional verbal encouragement. Results show that effort at on-task performance increased, the frequency of disturbances lessened, and continual progress in word recognition took place. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York City, April 1977)