Positive Reinforcement & Student Reading & Mathematics Progress in the Computer Laboratories of the Elementary Schools in Christian County, Kentucky
Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Dwight Cline, Robert Prickett, Dwillis Wallman
Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research
Specialist in Education
The purpose of this investigation into the use of positive reinforcement, the independent variable of this study, by the classroom teacher was to determine: (a) if there was a significant correlation between the use of positive reinforcement and reading achievement, dependent variable #1, in the elementary computer laboratories of Christian County, Kentucky, and (b) if there was a significant correlation between the use of positive reinforcement and math achievement, dependent variable #2, in the elementary computer laboratories of Christian County, Kentucky.
It is important for teachers to know the methods used to motivate and educate students in the classroom are effective methods. Little research exists today concerning academic work in elementary integrated computer laboratories and the importance of positive reinforcement in this learning environment.
Data from nine elementary schools, 122 classrooms with both primary and intermediate students, in Christian County, Kentucky, were examined in this study. Questionnaires concerning the use of positive reinforcement by the classroom teacher in relation to academic performance in the computer laboratory were collected from each classroom teacher. A positive reinforcement rating of one to nine was given to each classroom included in the study. Academic performance for each class during the months of November, 1991 and April 1992 were also examined.
A Pearson Product-Moment was performed on the data to determine if a significant correlation existed between the independent and dependent variables. The study showed no significant correlation between the independent and the two dependent variables. Further research was recommended to determine the reinforcing potential of access to new technology.
Computer Sciences | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Elementary Education
Ausenbaugh, James Jr., "Positive Reinforcement & Student Reading & Mathematics Progress in the Computer Laboratories of the Elementary Schools in Christian County, Kentucky" (1993). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3243.
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