ERIC Number: ED325798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Solving/Decision Making for Social and Academic Success.
Elias, Maurice J.; Tobias, Steven E.
Based on the premise that systematic instruction in social decision-making and problem-solving skills is a developmental right of all children, this book provides an in-service training program for teaching a set of social decision-making and problem-solving steps that are essential for success in school, in the family, with friends, in the world of work, and in the exercise of the privileges and obligations of citizenship in a democracy. The central concept of the program is "FIG TESPN" (an acronym for a sequential set of problem-solving skills: Feelings; Identification of the issue; Guiding oneself to a goal; Thinking of possibilities; Envisioning end results for each option; Selecting the best solution; Planning the procedure; and Noticing what happened). Accordingly, Chapter 1 addresses the central role of social decision-making and problem-solving in education. Chapter 2 discusses the methods of social decision-making instruction, including assessment of skills and instructional procedures. Chapter 3 describes activities to promote self-control, social awareness,. and group participation. Chapter 4 presents details of the "FIG TESPN" model as an instructional unit for teaching social decision-making and problem-solving. Chapter 5 provides a variety of strategies for incorporating social decision-making activities into the classroom. Chapter 6 discusses ways to adapt social decision-making to different school populations, including learning disabled, gifted and talented, students with attention deficits, emotionally disturbed students, and culturally different populations. The conclusion reiterates the basic principles of the "FIG TESPN" model. Appended are sample stories for students, resources for teachers, a glossary of acronyms, and a bibliography. (TE)
Descriptors: Daily Living Skills, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Strategies, Logical Thinking, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Social Adjustment, Social Behavior, Social Development, Thinking Skills
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 3007-9-00, $11.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.