ERIC Number: ED465929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Improving Student Social Skills through the Use of Cooperative Learning, Problem Solving, and Direct Instruction.
Brandt, Meredith; Christensen, Robb
The report describes a program to improve students social skills and level of responsibility. The targeted eighth and ninth grade students are located in two communities in northwestern Illinois. The problem of students exhibiting a lack of social skills and responsibility had been documented by student discipline referrals, anecdotal records, student surveys and checklists, and direct teacher observations checklists. Evidence of the problem of a lack of social skills and responsibility revealed that students lack direct instruction in social skills, failed to solve problems and make appropriate decisions, and were unable to work cooperatively as a group. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, together with an analysis of the problem statement, resulted in the selection of the following interventions: direct instruction in social skills, cooperative learning techniques, and direct instruction in problem solving and decision making strategies. Post intervention data indicated an increase improvement in students social skills and problem solving strategies. These noticeable changes in the targeted skills were reflected in the students ability to work together, resolve conflicts in positive manners, decrease off task behaviors, and apply cooperative learning techniques. The post intervention data from the teacher observation checklist displayed improvement in appropriate student behaviors. Nine appendixes are included containing copies of checklists, surveys, and self-assessments. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/GCP)
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 Field-Based Master's Program.