ERIC Number: ED426816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reducing Negative Behaviors of Elementary School Students through a Program Which Honors Values Discussions, the Arts, and Satisfies Children's Basic Needs.
Kimball, Kathleen A.
This practicum project implemented and evaluated an 8-month program designed to reduce negative behaviors among first- through fifth-grade students. Counseling referrals, student interviews, and faculty surveys indicated that the negative behaviors of gossip, name calling, and exclusion of fellow students from class and play activities were prevalent in the school. For the program, every class received 30 to 60 minutes per week of values development techniques. The values of tolerance and respect for human dignity and worth were encouraged through discussion of children's insights, sharing of ideas through artistic media, and cross-visitation of classes using videotapes of presentations by children. Staff and PTA members also collaborated to assist the school's economically disadvantaged and transient children whose basic needs were not being met. Post-intervention data revealed a reduction in counseling referrals for gossip, name calling, and exclusion. Student interviews and faculty surveys, however, indicated a need to further address the negative behaviors. (Contains 56 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum II Report, Nova Southeastern University.