ERIC Number: ED442567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Enhancing Student Social Skills through the Use of Cooperative Learning and Conflict Resolution Strategies.
Cooper, Judy; Smith, Cathy; Smith, Veralee
This action research project implemented and evaluated a program for enhancing students' social skills in order to increase their ability to work cooperatively and to resolve conflict. The targeted population consisted of kindergarten students in a lower income urban school, located in a medium-sized Midwestern city. The problem of insufficient social skills was evident from teacher observations and the frequent need for adult mediation. Analysis of probable cause data revealed several contributing factors, including frequent exposure to violence and lack of role models for resolving conflict. Faculty also reported insufficient language experiences and opportunities to interact socially with others prior to entering kindergarten. A review of solution strategies suggested by professional sources and educational literature resulted in the selection of 3 interventions over a 4-month period: explicit teaching of social skills, the use of a violence prevention program, and the application of cooperative learning strategies. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in students' social skills, ability to work cooperatively, and ability to resolve conflicts. (Seven appendices include a teacher observation chart and student and parent surveys. Contains 47 references.) (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development.