Author

Pifer

Date of Award

12-1980

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Mountjoy

Second Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The acquisition of an acceptable percentage of normative output in a rehabilitation setting is a common problem in vocational rehabilitation. Consistently effective techniques do not exist for the teaching of clients to work at what would be considered a high percentage of normative output. The present effort studied selected components of modeling to attempt to provide a cost-efficient, effective method for rate acceleration. The percent of normative output was' the dependent variable. The study was terminated by implementing the most effective condition as a training tool to produce the highest normative rate possible.

Proximity to a fast worker had little effect on work rate. Reinforced attention to model produced some small positive change in rate. Subjects were reinforced for modeling in the second experiment with small gains. There were no clear differences between staff and client models. Aggregate data overall reflected minimal change, individual data was more variable.

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