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ERIC Number: ED434295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 86
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Improving Age Appropriate Social Skills To Enhance Interpersonal Relationships.
DuBois, Connie; Endsley, Ammie; West, Dianna
This paper describes a program designed to increase students' social skill development in order to improve positive peer interactions. The target population was elementary school students in one middle-to-upper class, rural community in central Illinois. Evidence for the existence of the problem of inappropriate social behaviors that interfere with peer interactions and relationships was documented through teacher observations, parental contacts, behavior infractions, and student survey and interview data. Analysis of professional literature and site-based inappropriate social development in children suggests a variety of probable causes. Evidence surrounding the type of viewing material and accessibility of television provide one probable cause. The study finds that change in family structure and the basic fiber of today's society, including parenting styles and role models, contributes to the lack of social skills in students. Teachers who resist social instruction in their classrooms are also a probable cause for this problem. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with analysis of the problem setting, resulted in a three-pronged intervention: a series of learning activities that address the targeted social skills, the use of literature-based and role play instruction, and learning activities that employ cooperative learning. Postintervention data indicate an increase in student use of cooperative strategies, an improvement in the targeted social skills areas, and an increase in the appropriate formation of interpersonal relationships. Appendixes A-V provide activities used within the program; Appendix W is a bibliotherapy bibliography. (Contains 13 figures, 3 tables, and 35 references.) (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois