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ERIC Number: ED422116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Improving Student Social Skills in Structured and Unstructured Situations.
Finzer, Sharon; Green, Patricia; Mizen, Julie; Sennstrom, Sandra
This action research project involved the implementation and evaluation of a program to increase use of appropriate social skills among third-grade students. The problem of inadequate social skills was documented by means of teacher observations and notice of misbehavior forms. Probable causes for students' lack of social skills were concluded to be the changing nature of society, media exposure, lack of positive role models, and the lack of formal social skills instruction. A variety of interventions involving classroom climate, character building, and cooperative learning were developed and implemented, including: (1) heightening student awareness through pre- and post-intervention surveys; (2) weekly character-building activities focusing on a specific quality; (3) teaching of cooperative learning skills; (4) teacher completion of daily checklists on personal/social growth skills; (5) teacher documentation of parent contact for disciplinary problems; and (6) record-keeping of notice of misbehavior forms. Assessment methods included teacher observations, parent contact data, the number of misbehavior referral forms, and the post-intervention survey of students. Results showed an increase in students' use of appropriate social skills. There was a decrease in misbehavior referrals, and teachers observed an increase in social skills. (Twelve appendices include survey forms and intervention activities. Contains 28 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Masters Program. Some pages contain light and/or filled-in type.