ERIC Number: ED481015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Improving Student Social Skills through the Use of Cooperative Learning Strategies.
Andrusyk, D.; Andrusyk, S.
This report describes a program for increasing the targeted student's ability to demonstrate appropriate use of social skills in a cooperative base group setting. The targeted population consisted of elementary students in an urban middle class Midwestern community. The problem of lack of appropriate social skills was documented through teacher observation and student surveys. A review of solution strategies resulted in the selection of interventions: development of a series of lesson plans to teach appropriate social skills, establishment of cooperative learning base groups, and development of assessment instruments to measure the changes in students learning and behavior. Post intervention data indicated an increase in student use of appropriate social skills, an increase in the awareness of classmates' use of appropriate social skills, and an improvement in the students' ability to work successfully in groups. Recommendations include insuring that the teacher assigning the students to the base groups knows the students well before attempting to appropriately group them. Further, teachers need to consider subject area curricular demands when determining a schedule for teaching social skills in the departmentalized settings. Finally, it is recommended that a departmentalized teacher solicit teachers in other curricular areas to determine their interest in working together on a cross-curricular base group project. (Contains 24 references and 5 tables.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Field-Based Masters Program.