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ERIC Number: ED454463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 47
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Decreasing Inappropriate Social Behavior in Freshman Seminar through the Use of Interpersonal Skills Training.
Quinn, Peter
This document discusses an action research project undertaken to decrease inappropriate social behavior that was found to impede normal school day functions during the Freshman Seminar program. The targeted population consisted of ninth grade students in a suburb of a midwestern metropolitan area. A student survey was used to document incidents of disrespect; verbal abuse; inappropriate language; play fighting; name-calling; and teasing. Analysis of the probable cause data revealed that students lacked the skills and knowledge to change inappropriate behaviors. Reviews of probable causes suggested that: unclear behavior expectations; lack of social skills; student disengagement; and traditional discipline methods were reasons why students acted inappropriately. Implementation of several strategies combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in an increased curricular emphasis on interpersonal skill development and teacher modeling of appropriate behaviors. Post intervention data revealed a decrease in some of the inappropriate behaviors and in student referrals written for inappropriate behavior. (Contains 31 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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