ERIC Number: ED438902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Student Interpersonal Relationships and Academic Achievement through School Safety Interventions.
Echelbarger, Sally; Holler, Marcus; Kelty, Linda C.; Rivera, Matthew E.; Schliesman, Gina M.; Trojanowski, Trina M.
This project evaluated the effectiveness of school safety interventions to improve student interpersonal relationships and academic achievement. The targeted population consisted of middle school students in a growing, middle class community located in central southeastern Iowa. The issues of school safety were documented by means of student and teacher surveys, observations, discipline referrals, and test scores. Teachers reported a lack of student skills related to appropriate social interactions, problem solving, effective communication, and positive coping. An 18-week action plan was developed, which included a "Zero Tolerance" school-wide policy, an "FYI Discipline Referral" system, and direct instruction in social skills. The program was assessed by means of a second student survey, anecdotal records of documented discipline referrals, and a comparison with the previous year's scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Findings indicated that the intervention did improve school climate, with incidents of bullying reduced. (Nine appendices include various program materials. Contains 24 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Action Research, Change Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Educational Environment, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Intervention, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, School Safety
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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