Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education



First Advisor

Dr. Howard E. Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. R. W. Malott

Access Setting

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.