ERIC Number: ED216289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Contingency Contracting: A Technique for Developing Responsibility and Self-Control.
Enright, Brian E.; Roit, Marsha L.
This paper suggests ways in which educators can help students develop responsibility, as well as academic skills and intellectual growth. The four steps in decision-making are outlined to show that decision and action should follow logically once the behavior and its consequences have been identified. A technique referred to as contracting is suggested to provide the format for teachers to help children learn a responsible decision-making procedure. Three rules for changing academic and social behaviors are outlined, using operant conditioning, i.e.,: (1) reinforcing a desired behavior increases its reoccurrence; (2) most effective reinforcement occurs immediately after the behavior; and (3) target behaviors frequently need to be developed through a series of successive approximations of the terminal target behavior. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, TX, April 22-27, 1979).