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ERIC Number: ED373905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May-1
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Conflict Resolution: Teaching Social Skills in a Kindergarten Classroom.
DeMasters, Roni H.; King, E. Suzanna
A study examined conflict resolution strategies employed by a kindergarten teacher with her class of 22 students. Naturalistic observation was used to investigate the strategies in instances of four specific behaviors: being aggressive, blaming, bossing, and tattling. The investigation revealed that, after repeated exposure to and numerous applications of the teacher's conflict resolution strategies, the students were increasingly able to solve problems independently with little, if any, teacher intervention. Additionally, the children often applied the conflict resolution strategies without the teacher's assistance. The teacher reported that the classroom atmosphere drastically improved over the course of the school year as the students were more willing to take responsibility for their actions and could more readily provide solutions to their problems. Although the naturalistic observation made it impossible to measure if the students had internalized the conflict resolution strategies, parents reported that their children were applying the newly learned problem-solving skills at home. The study results suggest that the basic interpersonal skills gained from employing effective conflict resolution strategies such as active listening, restating information, brainstorming solutions, and reaching consensus are essential problem-solving skills that will enable children to interact positively with others throughout their lifetime. Ten appendices containing conflict resolution tips and examples are included. Contains 20 references. (Author/TJQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A