ERIC Number: ED353182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Behavior Contracts and Computer Based Data Management: Can They Effect Improvements in an After School Music Program?
Franklin, Cindy A.
The behavior and rehearsal habits of elementary level instrumental music students were addressed by the implementation of a behavior contract and computer managed recordkeeping system. A contract was developed following the principles of the "Assertive Discipline" system. Rewards and incentives were used to reinforce positive student behavior. These rewards included but were not limited to computer generated positive notes and a band point system enabling students to earn points in order to obtain awards such as trophies, plaques, and ribbons. In addition to listing student and teacher expectations, the contract outlined parent obligations regarding the prompt payment of music fees. Results proved the contract to be effective in improving student behavior as well as parental fee payment patterns. The drop out rate for band students was greatly improved as a result of the interventions employed. The subjects of parental involvement and computer based record-keeping are also addressed. Steps for organizing, enlisting parental help, and funding an after school music program are also outlined. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Modification, Computer Uses in Education, Contracts, Databases, Discipline, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Extracurricular Activities, Motivation Techniques, Music Activities, Music Education, Parent Participation, Reinforcement, Student Behavior
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Science Practicum, Nova University.