Date of Award

4-1981

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Howard E. Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Poche

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

A contract study center was implemented in a high school setting. The center employed peer-tutoring and behavioral contracting procedures. The program was designed to assist students with assigned tasks and to increase the efficiency with which in-school study periods were used. Students either were referred by teachers or volunteered to use the center. The project was implemented for ten weeks on a pilot basis. The results indicated that students used the center extensively and adequately adhered to behavior management requirements. A large proportion of contracts were completed demonstrating that the center procedures were effective in facilitating productivity. Staff evaluations showed that peer staff were effective in writing contracts, evaluating work done and managing the behavior of student participants. It was recommended that additional research be done to evaluate student performance in terms of classroom grades, determine the effectiveness of individual program components and ascertain whether self-management skills are acquired as a result of center use.

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