ERIC Number: ED426143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Research on the Second Step Program: Do Student Behaviors and Attitudes Improve? What Do Teachers Think about the Program?
Frey, Karin; Sylvester, Leihua
The Second Step program has been evaluated through formative evaluations of the curriculum versions before publication and outcome evaluations of the published versions. One outcome evaluation assessed student aggression and positive social behavior in students from 12 schools in Washington state in grades 1 through 3. It is concluded that the "Second Step" curriculum led to moderate decreases in aggression and increases in neutral and prosocial behavior in school. However, parent and teacher ratings of student behavior did not show any differences between the experimental and control groups. Another study assessed attitudes, teaching practices, and class climate over 3 years. Results from this study suggest that teachers and class climate undergo positive changes during program participation. Formative studies of the first edition curricula for "Second Step" for preschool through grade 8 were conducted in 12 public and 2 private schools in urban and suburban schools in Washington state. Results from five formative studies suggest that the "Second Step" program may foster social skills knowledge with students in preschool, elementary, and middle/junior high school classrooms. Some limitations of the formative studies are discussed. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Aggression, Behavior Patterns, Curriculum, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Formative Evaluation, Interpersonal Competence, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Prevention, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Violence
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