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ERIC Number: ED444925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
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Improving Student Social Skills through Character Education.
Carlson, Shelly; Johnson, Jennifer; Swift, Veronica
An action research project developed and implemented a program to improve student social skills. The targeted population consisted of students in fourth grade, sixth grade, and special education classrooms (n=46) in three different school districts. Income levels varied among school districts. Targeted behaviors included fighting, defiance, being off-task, and other disruptions. An examination of probable causes for this lack of social skills revealed that societal influences did not encourage positive character development. Poor peer relationships kept students from making intelligent choices. There was also a lack of consistency and expectations to develop these skills in the different environmental settings in which the students lived. After observing classroom behaviors and reviewing professional literature, a decision was made to select three interventions. The researchers developed and implemented a series of lessons focusing on different character traits. Outside speakers visited and encouraged the students to recognize the importance of these character traits. Results of post-intervention data indicated that direct instruction and reinforcement of positive character traits lowered incidences of fighting, defiance, off-task behaviors, and other distractions to their learning. Peer relationships also improved, but students still lacked in respecting others, and more work is needed in this area. (Contains a table, 3 figures, and 22 references. Seven appendixes include a character education survey, behavior checklist, and student activities.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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