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ERIC Number: ED421271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Improving Social Competencies through the Use of Conflict Resolution and Cooperative Learning.
Beetham, Suzanne; McLennan, Charlene; Witucke, Cheryl
This action research project designed and implemented a program for the instruction of cooperative learning and conflict resolution strategies in order to increase social competencies. The targeted population consisted of two multi-age, grade 2/3 classrooms and one fifth grade classroom in a stable middle class community in a large midwestern suburb. The problem of lack of social competency (showing respect, taking responsibility, and making sound decisions) was documented by means of teacher surveys, anecdotal records, behavior checklists, teacher observation, and individual behavior plans. A review of problem data and solution strategies resulted in selection of two major interventions: direct instruction of cooperation through cooperative learning strategies, and implementation of conflict resolution principles. Post-intervention data indicated that the instruction of social skills along with conflict resolution strategies resulted in improved social competencies in most areas of social interaction. Students showed an increase in respectful, responsible, and cooperative behavior in and out of the classroom. (Fourteen appendices include sample teacher survey, anecdotal record, and brainstorming solutions worksheet. Contains 37 references.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Masters Program.