ERIC Number: ED435475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Using Children's Literature To Increase Prosocial Behaviors in the Early Years.
Black, Cheryl; Seeman, Jacquelyn; Trobaugh, Linda
This action research project evaluated a program for increasing prosocial behaviors of preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders. Participating were three classrooms of students, one class in each grade level, in a middle class community in a large Midwestern city. The problem of failure to display prosocial behavior was documented among five students in each grade level, by means of classroom teachers' observations, checklists of prosocial behavior, and student interviews regarding problematic peer-related situations. The intervention consisted of selecting children's literature that addressed the needs of targeted students, reading the literature several times each week, and using follow-up activities to reinforce peer-related concepts. The effects of the intervention were assessed by means of pre-post observations of children's interactions and interviews with selected children regarding problematic peer-related situations. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in prosocial behaviors among the targeted students. The children developed problem-solving skills to assist in social interactions. Growth in speech and language skills was also noted. (Eight appendices include data collection instruments, a bibliography of the books used in the study, and sample lesson plans. Contains 30 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.