The Utilization of Classroom Peers as Behavior Change Agents

  • Phillip S. Strain

Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (ACPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tiffany Field
    Pages 1-30
  3. Charles A. Peck, Thomas P. Cooke, Tony Apolloni
    Pages 69-99
  4. Phillip S. Strain, Mary Margaret Kerr, Elizabeth U. Ragland
    Pages 101-128
  5. Michael Gerber, James M. Kauffman
    Pages 155-187
  6. Charles R. Greenwood, Hyman Hops
    Pages 189-259
  7. Charles R. Greenwood
    Pages 327-360
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 361-366

About this book


Since the early 1800's, children have been taught and encouraged to function as instructional agents for their classroom peers. However, it was not until the last decade that peer-mediated intervention was studied in a rigorous, systematic fashion. The purpose of this edited volume is to provide an up-to-date and complete account of empirical research that addresses the general efficacy of classroom peers as behavior change agents. As a result of various social and legal developments, such as the passage of Public Law 94-142 and its accompanying demand for indi­ vidualized instruction, peer-mediated interventions seem likely to prolif­ erate. As I have noted elsewhere (Strain, this volume), close adherence to the principle of individualized programming has rendered obsolete the "adults only" model of classroom instruction. Whether the utilization of peers in the instructional process comes to be viewed by school personnel as a positive adjunct to daily classroom practices depends in large mea­ sure on our ability to carefully design, conduct, and communicate the findings of applied research. I trust that this volume will function both to accurately communicate existing findings and to stimulate further study. My colleagues who have generously contributed their time and skill to this volume have my deepest appreciation. They have performed their various tasks in a timely, professional manner and, in my opinion, have provided considerable insight into the problems and potentials of peers as instructional agents.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Phillip S. Strain
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2182-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2180-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7820
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