ERIC Number: ED399494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-23
Improving Student Life Skills through Classroom Intervention and Integrated Learning.
There is a widespread problem with schools having the ability to turn out young people equipped with skills needed to properly function in society. This report describes a program for increasing skills necessary for learning and for living such as cooperation, perseverance, problem solving, and friendship. The targeted population was elementary school students in a growing, middle class community. Faculty reported a weakness in student's interpersonal and social skills, and data revealed a lack of knowledge and skills related to working together, achieving personal best, problem solving, and making friends. Review of curricula content and instructional strategies revealed an over emphasis on skilled subjects, leaving little or no time for life skills to be taught in the classroom. Three categories of intervention were indicated: (1) an integrated unit to teach students basic life skill vocabulary; (2) the development of a program to implement the use of life skills in the classroom; and (3) a plan to connect the life skills throughout the entire school. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in awareness of the Life Skill vocabulary, an improvement in using and understanding Life Skills, and the development of a foundation for future growth. Twenty-two appendices account for 25% of the document and contain all materials used in intervention. Contains 41 references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University.