ERIC Number: ED432624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Developing Social Competence in Children. Choices Briefs, Number 3.
This brief presents an overview of effective strategies for developing prosocial attitudes and behaviors in elementary school children. The description of approaches and activities can help educators integrate an antiviolence education program into their schools and classrooms, select a program to implement from many models in use around the country, or develop an original plan. The brief also summarizes some theories about the causes of youth violence and the best ways to prevent it. There is a wide range of effective strategies to help children develop prosocial attitudes and behaviors. The most successful are those that are implemented as part of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to nurturing children at home, at school, and in the community. The increasing numbers of evaluations of existing programs offer useful guides for future program evaluations. In addition, some organizations provide schools with technical assistance on antiviolence initiatives. Society needs to strengthen communities by supporting parents' efforts to provide emotionally and economically for their children and to control access to weapons. Elements in society that foster the culture of violence, such as the news and entertainment media, need to consider whether their messages are obviating the benefits of youth violence prevention efforts in the schools. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.