ERIC Number: ED339455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Increasing Assignment Completion of Sixth Grade Students through Behavior Modification.
A 10-week program to increase assignment completion was implemented with 10 sixth graders who rarely completed assignments. This behavior modification program entailed the use of an assignment completion contract for the students. The criteria for meeting this contract increased each week. When students met the weekly criteria, they were given a reward, such as computer play time or bonus points for buying items at a school store. The contract was to be brought home for the parents' signature. Parents would also provide appropriate home rewards if the contract criteria were met. The program entailed daily assessment of student classwork and homework assignment completion by teachers, and positive verbal praise by teachers for appropriate student behavior. As a result of participating in the program: (1) seven students increased assignment completion by at least 50 percent, with an average increase of 69 percent; (2) seven students exceeded weekly assignment completion goals at least 80 percent of the time; and (3) eight parents cooperated with the program by signing the weekly contracts and providing home rewards. A reference list of 16 items is provided. Appendices include samples of an assignment completion rating scale, a parent notification letter, an assignment completion contract, and an assignment completion 10-week log. (BC)
Descriptors: Assignments, Behavior Change, Behavior Modification, Contingency Management, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades, Motivation Techniques, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Performance Contracts, Positive Reinforcement, Student Behavior, Student Motivation, Token Economy
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Educational Specialist Practicum, Nova University. Appendix D (10-week log) will not reproduce well due to broken type.