ERIC Number: ED392180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Using Adventure-Based Cooperation Training To Develop Job Related Social Skills for Adolescents with Severe Behavioral and Emotional Problems.
This practicum addressed the attitudes and behaviors of 10 adolescents with severe behavioral and emotional problems participating in a cooperative job training program. The intervention used an adventure approach to help the students replace aggression and misconduct with job-related social skills. A needs assessment was conducted to identify specific student deficits. A 12-week adventure-based cooperation (ABC) training program focused on transitioning students from school to work was developed and implemented. The ABC program involved three phases: group acceptance through awareness adventures, cooperative group interaction adventures, and career initiatives through adventures. Although several of the intended outcomes were achieved, overall evaluation suggested that students needed more than 12 weeks to develop the target employability skills. An additional finding was that aggressive and violent student behaviors abated substantially when the teaching team developed a communicative relationship with students. Appendices provide survey forms and background information. (Includes 38 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Aggression, Behavior Change, Behavior Disorders, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Learning, Education Work Relationship, Emotional Disturbances, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Prevocational Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.