ERIC Number: ED346418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Improving Negative Behavior in Adolescent Pupils through Collaborative Initiatives.
A review of the counselor's log at one elementary school serving students through the eighth grade indicated that during the fall of the 1990-1991 school year, 55 pupils were referred for negative behavior. Negative behaviors included refusing to obey, constantly causing disruptions, stealing, verbal or physical assaults, withdrawn and uncooperative behavior, and family problems. A practicum was developed to decrease the number of adolescent pupils who exhibited negative behavior and to enhance the students' coping skills. Parents, teachers, high school counselors, and community organizations were to act as change agents. To meet the goals of the practicum, group guidance sessions were designed in collaboration with teachers, high school counselors, administrators, and community agencies. Twelve weekly sessions were held with emphasis on self-esteem, role models, character building, and appropriate behavior. Teacher mentors were used to enhance the program. Data were collected before and after the sessions and were obtained from teacher behavior checklists, interviews, questionnaires, needs assessments, and student self-evaluations. Data analyses revealed that all of the outcomes were achieved. The number of pupils exhibiting negative behavior decreased dramatically. The findings suggest that pupils exhibiting negative behavior can learn better coping skills and that collaboration with parents, teachers, other counselors, and community agencies are key factors in helping adolescents. It appears that group guidance and mentoring are excellent ways to increase and enhance the counseling services provided for adolescents. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum report, Nova University.