ERIC Number: ED350542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
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"Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum" in a Western Canadian Elementary School. An Evaluation.
Madak, Paul R.; Bravi, Gerald D.
The Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum was piloted in Primo Elementary School in western Canada due to concerns about student misbehavior. The Second Step Program is a curriculum based approach for Kindergarten through sixth-grade students. The components of the program are broken down into Kindergarten, grades 1-3, and grades 4-6 packages. Each package includes three units entitled "Empathy Training,""Impulse Control," and "Anger Management." The units are made up of a series of lessons, and the number of lessons varies according to the grade level of the students. In addition, each unit contains one or more videos as support material. Program evaluation included these components: monitoring actual student behavior; conducting a teacher survey; and obtaining teacher comments about each lesson. The evaluation indicated: (1) the total number of behavioral incidents reported increased the second year of the project; (2) the majority of students did not have any reported incidents of misbehavior; (3) the majority of students reported for misbehavior had only one or two incidents; (4) 12.6% of the total school population accounted for 66.1% of all reported incidents; and (5) 95% of all reported incidents of misbehavior involved male students. At best the data were found to be equivocal. In many instances the data indicated that the program had no effect, or even a negative one on student behavior. Appendixes, comprising more than half the document, present task checklists and extensive survey results. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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