ERIC Number: ED416429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
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The Effect of Positive Reinforcement on Students in Juvenile Institutions.
This thesis details a program of teacher-reinforced behaviors for juveniles convicted of a felony and incarcerated at the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth (WVIHY). The goal was to determine an effective way to control behaviors of incarcerated youth in an educational setting by use of a positive reinforcement program: "Keys to Innervision." Data was gathered from the contracts with students and from student evaluation sheets. Contracts included behavior change, journaling, exercise, and contract homework. To foster behavior change, students received coupons exchangeable for food and sundry items from the school store. Each student set a personal goal in sports skills and physical fitness, which was then written out step-by-step. Results show that students exhibited more positive behavior all around and improved specifically in areas like walking in the hall between classes and dressing for Physical Education class. Awards were given for certain other successes. Students and teachers both perceived the program favorably and claimed to benefit from it. (EMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: Master's Thesis, Salem Teikyo University.