PDF pending restoration
ERIC Number: ED422090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Behavior through Social Skills Instruction.
DeDobbelaere, Joni; Leaf, Kristie; Ziegler, Ursula
This action research project implemented and evaluated an intervention designed to assist students in developing their social skills to enhance the classroom atmosphere. The targeted population consisted of fourth-, fifth- and sixth- grade students in lower- to middle-class suburbs of a Midwestern city. Off-task, verbal and physical inappropriate behaviors were documented weekly by means of teacher observation checklists and comments, student surveys, and student journals. Analysis of this data revealed that increased class size, student mobility, teacher training, and a failure to teach students moral and social skills may contribute to inappropriate student behaviors. Working parents, negative media influence, and unmet basic needs may also be contributing factors. Three major interventions were selected and implemented: direct instruction of social skills, introduction of character development analysis through literature, and cooperative learning implemented into the existing curriculum. Post-intervention data indicated an immediate, but short term, positive change in student behavior inside the classroom. However, there was no long term measurable transfer of positive student behavior outside of the classroom environment. (Six appendices include the behavior checklist, sample student behavior journal entries, student attitude and student interest surveys, a list of suggested children's literature for teaching socially appropriate values, and a behavior checklist raw date by site. Contains 21 references.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Change Strategies, Childrens Literature, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Interpersonal Competence, Prosocial Behavior, Social Attitudes, Student Behavior
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Masters Program.