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ERIC Number: ED422088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Improving Cooperative Behavior through the Use of Social Skills Instruction.
Schlender, Angie; Wolf, Lisa
This action research project implemented and evaluated a program for improving social skills in order to increase cooperative behavior among elementary school students. The targeted students were from a fourth- and a sixth-grade classroom in a middle-class suburban community. The lack of social skills development interfered with positive interaction among peers in the classroom, as documented by means of teacher observation, teacher checklists and student surveys. Probable cause data was analyzed, revealing that students lacked a traditional family setting in which there was little parent-student bonding. The data also revealed a significant negative influence of television role models. Solution strategies were analyzed, and two intervention strategies were chosen and implemented: prosocial signs and sayings to promote values, and strategies for teaching social skills to increase the positive behavior and prosocial classroom environment. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in cooperative behavior. Positive interaction among peers was increased by improved social skill development. (Contains 25 references, a teacher checklist, and a copy of the student survey.) (JPB)
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.