ERIC Number: ED321905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Improving School Climate in Grades K-6 through Child-Centered Instructional Activities in Citizenship.
Violenus, Agnes A.
An elementary school administrator designed and implemented a practicum study meant to enable students to gain citizenship skills needed for prosocial interactions with peers and adults. It was expected that the kindergarten through sixth-grade students would use practices acquired from their studies of law, government, and citizenship to direct their personal behaviors and group interactions. A series of workshops for student leaders was conducted. Workshop activities were designed to teach pupils: (1) the use of modified rules of order for class meetings; (2) the foundations of the United States government through study of the Constitution; and (3) the use of the tools of citizenship for the purpose of gaining access to official governmental channels in order to bring about action on matters of concern to the students and their community. Practicum evaluation data suggested that the intervention was successful. Notable among the outcomes were a marked decline in reported incidents of misbehavior and students' increasingly strong belief that improvements in the atmosphere of the school could be augmented through the use of principles of good citizenship. Appendices provide measures, school-wide monthly citizenship activities, workshop activities in citizenship for students, and other related materials. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.