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ERIC Number: ED403047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
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Is It Possible To Improve Tolerance among Elementary School Children? The Good Will Classroom Example.
Rosandic, Ruzica
The negative influences on children's development in war-torn Yugoslavia stimulated the development of The Good Will Classroom (GWC), an intervention program designed to promote tolerance, social responsiveness, assertiveness, and proactive behavior. This article describes the components and implementation of GWC, which is structured as experiential workshops that rely on children's everyday experiences relevant to selected themes. First, the general procedure of the workshops is discussed: a structured scenario (usually a game) evokes an individualized, "raw" personal experience; this individual experience is then communicated with others. Through this process, individual experience becomes conscious knowledge, generalized and integrated into an existing cognitive structure and thus applicable in other situations. Next, GWC's system, in terms of programs for various grade levels, is described, and an example workshop on peer group pressure for older elementary school children is presented. Finally, the article gives a brief description of GWC's three-volume manual, which is published only in Serbia. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Yugoslavia