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ERIC Number: ED443556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Social Skills through the Use of Direct Teaching and Cooperative Learning.
Dawczak, Laureen; Hawk, Laura; Kolenda, Julie; Nye, Janeen
This action research project sought to improve the social skills of targeted third-, fourth-, fifth-, and seventh-grade students in order to improve their classroom performance. The students' lack of social skills was documented by means of teacher observation checklists, teacher and student surveys, and past disciplinary records. Objectives of the intervention were to: increase positive behavior in students, strengthen their confidence in social situations, and develop behaviors that were physically and verbally age appropriate. The intervention was implemented using role playing, cooperative grouping, direct teaching, and activities related to social skills. Post-intervention data indicated improvement in social skills, including four targeted behaviors that had the largest deficit: saying "please" and "thank-you," raising hands, lack of encouraging words, and interrupting others. (Twenty appendices include project handouts and checklists. Contains 18 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A