Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Howard E. Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Mountjoy

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Four junior high school boys from a Special Education room participated in this study. The purpose was to increase the amount of homework completion having parents as monitors of their own children and minimal teacher intervention. In Condition I, baseline was taken of the percentage of homework assignments completed. During Condition II, parents received a Homework Checklist from the teacher explaining the assignments for the next day. For Condition III parents were given a handout explaining the use of positive statements and prompts, and a guideline for skillful home study was also included. Parents were asked to send a Report Card to the teacher about their children's school related behavior at home. Only the data from one of the students shows a shift from zero to 100% of homework done from the second condition to the end of the study. Several reasons for the differences in performance are analyzed and suggestions for future investigation are given.