ERIC Number: ED383962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
I Can Problem Solve (ICPS): A Cognitive Approach to Preventing Early High Risk Behaviors.
Shure, Myrna B.; And Others
This outline presents a program designed to teach children "how" to think, not what to think--so as to help them solve typical interpersonal problems with peers and adults. Through games, stories, puppets, illustrations, and role plays, children learn a pre-problem solving vocabulary, feeling word concepts, and ways to arrive at solutions to problems and consequences to actions. These problem-solving concepts are then applied to real life. The program was founded on the idea that if children could be taught to think straight when confronted with problems, then such thought would help relieve emotional tension. Included in this outline are details on the program's implementation period (approximately 4 months if conducted 20-30 minutes daily or 6 months if conducted three times a week); characteristics of the program site (interventions were conducted in preschools and elementary schools, up to grade six); the targeted population and the number of students served; the services provided; the type of staff available and the amount of time devoted to the program; cost of the program; funding sources; problems encountered and solutions to these problems; program accomplishments/reported outcomes; and evaluation data. It is hoped that children, through the use of dialogue, will think about their own and others' feelings, the consequence of their behavior, and various ways that their problems can be solved. Contains a list of three publications that describe/evaluate the program and availability information of the programs for schools and parents. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the "Safe Schools, Safe Students: A Collaborative Approach to Achieving Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Conducive to Learning" Conference (Washington, D.C., October 28-29, 1994).