ERIC Number: ED481016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Improving Student Social Skills through the Use of Cooperative Learning Strategies.
Krantz, S.; McDermott, H.; Schaefer, L.; Snyder, M. A.
This report describes a project for teaching students to implement social skills in the classroom, playground, and lunchroom. The hope is to reduce the inappropriate behavior that occurs in these areas. The targeted population consisted of a middle to lower income elementary school in Illinois. After analyzing the data collected, it was revealed that most educators surveyed noted that students were lacking appropriate social skills in the classroom, playground, and lunchroom. The researchers concluded that the causes of the problem in this building were high mobility rate, lack of school wide discipline plan, and parent involvement/family issues. Based on the researchers' findings, social skills have been a problem area for students in many areas of the nation. The researchers implemented a 14 week plan to instruct second and sixth grade students on the usage of appropriate social skills. The procedure that was chosen to implement was the direct instruction of social skills through cooperative learning. The teacher researchers used cooperative learning strategies to enable students to practice the appropriate social skills. Data after the intervention indicated that the students' attitudes and knowledge of uses of appropriate social skills were increased through the use of cooperative learning strategies. Student behavior improved in the classroom, playground, and lunchroom. Student referrals were fewer and students' behavior improved significantly over time. Teacher researchers would recommend that the direct instruction of basic social skills be taught as part of the school curriculum. Four appendixes include the social skills survey and checklist, student survey, and the pretest/posttest. (Contains 24 references and 6 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 Master's Program.