ERIC Number: ED300874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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QSL: A Social System's Intervention To Improve Elementary School/Classroom Climate.
Schelkun, Ruth F.; And Others
The drive for improved school and classroom climate, for increased teacher and student involvement in decision-making, and for more positive teacher and student expectations are becoming prime areas for joint educational and behavioral science efforts. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of a year-long classroom social competence training program (PI/PSP: Enhancing Classroom Climate through Pupil Involvement and Problem Solving with People) functioning as part of a larger Quality of School Life program to advance these goals. The program examines elementary classrooms' ability to use an eight-step problem-solving sequence and reach consensus on effective action plans. Subjects included 8 classrooms that participated in the 21-lesson program and 8 classrooms that did not. All classrooms were evaluated at pre- and post-intervention via videotaped problem-solving sessions coded for ability to meet certain goals. Following training, program classes were significantly better than comparison classes at identifying a relevant main problem, focusing on appropriate means and ends, and reaching consensus on effective action plans. In contrast to comparison classes, program classes generated more effective solutions and fewer static responses and were rated higher on several decision-making climate indices. Results are discussed in terms of the implications of a year-long pupil involvement social competency training program. Included are 6 tables, 3 appendices, and 34 references. (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).