ERIC Number: ED423489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Is There a Relationship between Improving Human Relation Skills and Levels of Academic Performance?
Burns, Jolene; Byrne, Susan; Kiedaisch, Jan; Thiele, Nancy; Weber, Gwyn
This Action Research Project implemented a program for improving human relation skills intended to raise the academic performance level of students. The target population consists of kindergarten, seventh grade (regular/at-risk), and high school (regular/behavior disordered) students. Analysis of both research literature and problem evidence indicated that human relation skills at all grade levels affect students' academic performance. A review of student/teacher surveys suggested that human relation skills should be an integral part of the curriculum across grade levels if academic achievement is to be improved. Solution strategies included a developmental program to enhance human relation skills. The framework for this solution component is applying Glasser's Control Theory and R.W. Begun's "Ready-To-Use Social Skills Lessons and Activities" to maximize behavioral learning opportunities and academic achievement. Results of the project are reported; conclusions and recommendations are presented. The surveys, survey results, negative behavior checklist, and data on grade averages are appended. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.