ERIC Number: ED388964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
An Independent School Library-Classroom-Parent Partnership Program To Encourage Respect, Responsibility, Courtesy, and Caring for Students Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade.
A practicum was designed to enhance prekindergarten through eighth grade students' standards of conduct with the assistance of parents, teachers, and the school librarian. Literature themes, discussions, and five special programs were the major components for an 8-month period. Students were encouraged to exhibit positive behaviors, and respect, responsibility, courtesy, and caring were highlighted. Values through literature themes were promoted during regularly scheduled library classes, which extended into the classrooms. The literature component arranged by grade used books, poems, read alouds, partner reading, and storytelling, discussions, dilemma situations, and self esteem and mediation techniques, along with role play and video formats. The 5 special programs (Family Poetry Night; Family Stories Read Aloud Day; Sleeping Beauty, An Urban Retelling; International Day; and Keats and Special Friends Day) involved parents and provided opportunities for all grades to participate. Analysis of the data revealed fewer incidents of behavior requiring disciplinary action. Some students were better able to settle differences among themselves and utilize techniques shared and discussed (such as "Stop, Think, Act, and Review"). Literature themes and discussions raised awareness, along with the messages in posters, signs, and quotes. Observations and teacher feedback indicated that the school climate was enhanced, and an environment of cooperation was more evident. Contains 7 figures of data and 71 references. Appendixes contain 11 materials from the practicum, including standards of conduct, attitude survey instrument, character education resources, practicum overview by grade, library bibliography, and mediation techniques. (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.