ERIC Number: ED207503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
The Effect of Vicarious Partial Reinforcement Upon Children's Use of Self-Verbalization in Decisions Regarding Television Viewing.
Korzenny, Sandra S.
The basic research question which this study addressed was whether children could be taught to consider carefully their behavior and its consequences, thereby participating to a greater degree in non-TV activities which contribute to the achievement of goals. Among the more specific research questions were the following (1) Will varying the percentage of vicarious reinforcement have an effect upon actual use of self-verbalization in making decisions about use of leisure time? (2) Will varying the percentage of vicarious reinforcement have an effect upon stated preferences for participation in activities other than television viewing? (3) Will varying the percentage of vicarious reinforcement have an effect upon the number of hours spent in certain activities? (4) Will varying the percentage of vicarious reinforcement have an effect upon advocacy of selection of activities? The sample consisted of 66 third grade pupils. The study was essentially a quasiexperimental design with two treatment groups and one control group. The instructional unit used as the treatment consisted of five 45- to 50-minute lessons. A major finding of the study was that actual use of self-verbalization did not increase significantly across time for either treatment or control groups. Thirty-nine references are listed. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-10, 1981). Not available separately: see IR 009 554.