A stimulus fading procedure was compared to a reinforcement only procedure for teaching letter discriminations using a counterbalanced, within subject experimental design. During 2 experimental sessions, 6 preschool children were taught first a p q letter discrimination and then a b d discrimination. For 3 Ss a fading procedure was used with the p q discrimination and a reinforcement only procedure was used with the b d discrimination. For the other 3 Ss the procedures were reversed. Transfer to textual material was also tested and Ss questioned about their training preferences. All Ss had fewer total errors and fewer trials to criterion with the fading procedure. Four of the 6 Ss demonstrated errorless learning. There was no difference between the procedures in the transfer test. All Ss expressed a preference for the fading procedure over the reinforcement only procedure.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Sensory Systems