Date of Award
Specialist in Education
Dr. Howard Farris
Dr. R. W. Malott
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of behavioral contracting in providing parents with a means of assisting their child with homework from school. Following the baseline condition, the subjects were introduced to the intervention [behavioral contracting including parent(s)] one at a time to provide a concurrent check between baseline and treatment conditions.
Six students from the Kentwood Public School District served as participants in the study. All participants were between eleven and thirteen years of age. Each participant was identified by the teacher as "at-risk" based on their sustained academic performance.
Four out of six participants demonstrated that contracting was an effective means for increasing homework completion. If parent involvement was one of the variables responsible for this improvement is inconclusive. In this study, contracting had a commensurate effect on homework accuracy. Four out of six participants demonstrated a marginal or minimum to moderate increase in homework accuracy according to the data.
Jones, Vernard V. J., "Behavioral Contracting: The Effects of Metacontingency Contracting on Math Performance of At-Risk Students" (1994). Master's Theses. 3306.