ERIC Number: ED392548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Improving School Climate and Strengthening Relationships among the School Community.
Erwin, Debbie; And Others
This report describes a program to establish a positive school climate. The targeted population consisted of elementary students in a low socioeconomic area. The problems of poor interpersonal skills and inappropriate social behaviors were documented through structured observations, surveys, and school records. Analysis of probable cause data indicated that students lacked positive interpersonal relationships and used inappropriate social behavior. Faculty reported student inabilities in conflict resolution. Reviews of discipline referrals, student records, and climate surveys completed by teachers, students, and parents revealed a negative affect of school climate. A review of solution strategies combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention: (1) establishment of a conflict management program and (2) implementation of a social skill curriculum to increase interpersonal problem-solving skills and decrease discipline incidents. Post intervention data indicated a positive increase in interpersonal skills and appropriate social behaviors and a decrease in behavior problems. (Contains 34 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Rockford)
Note: Master's Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.