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ERIC Number: ED406064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Facilitating Social Competence in a School-Age Care Setting: A School-Age Care Staff Development Manual.
Ollhoff, Jim
Based on the assumption that the school-age caregiver can effectively facilitate children's development, this monograph for staff development examines reasons for teaching children social skills and presents a step-by-step method to do so. Seven skills are considered paramount: community-building, control, confidence, curiosity, coping, communication, and conflict resolution. The guide takes the position that it is necessary to teach social skills because of the lack of traditional mechanisms that once facilitated these skills, such as the extended family, and that social skills may be linked to enhanced social competence, self-esteem, prosocial behavior, and a higher quality of life. The guide asserts that child care programs are an ideal location to teach social skills because they provide a multi-aged, grouped, relatively unstructured time. According to the guide, social skills may be taught formally or informally. The components of formal instruction are to: (1) evaluate the need for teaching, (2) research the curricula available; (3) teach social skills with several methods and facilitate transfer and generalization; and (4) follow through with reinforcement over time. Informal teaching can reinforce the social skills learned through formal means. In addition, a number of individual social skills may be trained, including communication, conflict resolution, and coping. Includes a worksheet to evaluate social skills. Contains 20 references. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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