ERIC Number: ED336692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Sixth Grade Students' Social Skills through the Implementation of the Social Skills for Daily Living Program.
Obradovich, Letti Dintino
Preparing students for high school is only one of the many functions of middle school. It is expected that by this time children would have acquired the behaviors necessary to interact appropriately with peers and adults. This practicum was designed to help the low achieving and the learning disabled student (SLD) acquire appropriate social skills. The general goal was to have the students involved in the project demonstrate proficiency in accepting thanks, saying thanks, accepting compliments, giving compliments, apologizing, accepting "no", accepting criticism, and resisting peer pressure. A secondary aim was to decrease the number of students placed in the after school detention program. A survey documenting the need for a social skills project was administered to the teachers. The Social Skills for Daily Living program, a pull out program was introduced with low achieving and learning disabled sixth grade students (N=53). Posttests of each social skill indicated that the program increased learning of social behaviors. Of the 53 students involved in the practicum, 49 were able to master the skills on their first attempt. A posttest completed by mainstream teachers indicated that 44 out of the 53 were using the behaviors outside of the pull out program classroom. A comparison of students serving detentions indicated that there were significantly fewer detentions being written in the 1990-1991 school year as opposed to the 1989-1990 school year. (LLL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. practicum report, Nova University.