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ERIC Number: ED410059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 100
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Primary Level Interpersonal Skills through Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Learning and Children's Literature.
Bell, Mary; And Others
This research project devised and evaluated a program for improving primary grade students' interpersonal skills to reduce their inappropriate behaviors when interacting with others. Teacher surveys, journals and observations of children's behavior were used to document poor interpersonal skills in kindergartners through third graders in four classrooms. The intervention consisted of direct instruction of interpersonal skills through 9 weeks of instruction in conflict resolution and communication skills with ongoing reinforcement, cooperative learning techniques, and the use of children's literature emphasizing interpersonal skills. Evaluation results indicated that some activities and expectations needed modifications for the kindergarten level. Post-intervention data collected from behavioral checklists revealed that there was a decrease in the number of incidents of inappropriate behavior, such as verbally abusing others, interrupting speakers, or being off-task while someone was speaking. There was a marked decrease in inappropriate behavior outside the classroom with a large drop in the number of students involved in inappropriate behavior. Teachers noted significant growth in verbal communication of feelings, the use of open-ended problem solving, and increased awareness of conflict resolution, although the degree to which conflict resolution strategies were used depended on the child's age. (Seventeen appendices include the behavior checklist, teacher survey, children's conflict resolution literature, and sample lesson plans and classroom materials. Contains 24 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A