ERIC Number: ED437317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Improving the Social Proficiency of Art and Music Students through the Use of Specifically Taught Positive Social Skills.
Ciaburri, Chris; White, Jeannette T.
This action research project developed a program for improving the social proficiency of art and music students through the use of specifically taught positive social skills. The targeted population consisted of fifth-grade students from two different elementary school districts. Both schools were located in middle class suburban communities near a large metropolitan area. The problem of poor social skills prevalent in the fine arts students was documented by student behavior checklists, teacher anecdotal records, teacher surveys, and student surveys. Analysis of probable cause data indicated that students demonstrated a lack of skills related to listening, respect, showing kindness, and following directions. Causes were found to include the following: students were not born with social skills; the breakdown of the family unit; problem behaviors; and the media. A review of solution strategies documented by other professionals combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the development of an instructional system which included creating a harmonious classroom environment and teaching social skills. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in improved social skills with the targeted fifth-grade art and music students. This resulted in increased student respect for others and property, improved listening skills and manners, and enhanced overall awareness of proper social behavior. (Contains 4 tables of data and 23 references. Appendixes contain teacher and student surveys, a behavior checklist, and parent informational letters.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/ Skylight.