ERIC Number: ED325247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Increasing Social Competence in Kindergarten and First Grade Children through Modeling and Practice in a Self-Motivating Play Group.
Ferrentino, Michael P.
A behavior management specialist implemented a practicum intervention designed to increase prosocial behavior and positive peer interaction among kindergartners and first graders by means of student participation in a self-motivating play group. Five students attended a daily play session in block and housekeeping play settings that had been established for the purposes of motivating student activity and increasing appropriate play with toys, and increasing socially competent behaviors relevant to classroom expectations. Sessions were videotaped. Students were able to expand on their skills and were free to take risks without fear of rules imposed by adults. Before each play group session, students sat on the floor with a participating teacher and planned their involvement. Students concentrated on the area they preferred to play in, the materials they wanted to play with, the actions they proposed to undertake with the materials, and the students they wanted as playmates. When situations involving inappropriate behaviors arose, students were shown their behaviors on tape. Immediately afterwards, appropriate ways to play and interact were taught and modeled. After students practiced modeled behaviors, they viewed their taped behaviors and discussed their involvement. Practicum evaluation data indicated increases in social competence. Related materials are appended. Citations number 43. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.