ERIC Number: ED352595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Teaching Children Emotional Competence Skills in the Classroom.
Allen, Sandra F.; Dlugokinski, Eric L.
Children at high risk for problematic behaviors and emotional problems seem to show limited internal boundaries to control their direction and attention and violation of the boundaries of others. This study addressed the relative impact of a coping skills curriculum on locus of control in 4th-grade high risk students. Fourth grade students (N=96) from three high risk schools were chosen to participate in the study. The Enhancing Emotional Competence curriculum was used which has as a foundation exercise "The Turtle Story" in which a wise old turtle teaches younger turtles to recognize and accept their feelings, pause and gain their composure, think about their options for action, and act on their best choice. Five classrooms were assigned to participate in the three intervention modes: no curriculum; curriculum for 12 weeks; and curriculum for 24 weeks. The Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale was used for evaluation. Results indicated that the most significant impact occurred in the group receiving the 24-session intervention. There were virtually no changes in locus of control in the 12-session intervention, but there were significant differences between the 24-session and both the 12-session intervention group and the no intervention group. The 24-session group was the only group that also demonstrated significant progress from pre-test to post-test. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).