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ERIC Number: EJ766969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Reading Stories to Change the World
Walker, Lorenn
Principal Leadership, v6 n2 p42-47 Oct 2005
In this article, the author describes the Violence Prevention Through Cooperative Learning (VPTCL) project. Developed in 1999 by the Hawai'i Friends of Civic and Law Related Education, this hands-on program aims to support at-risk secondary school students and help them learn problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills. These skills are protective factors for developing resiliency and preventing violence (Werner & Smith, 1992). VPTCL does not use teachers to accomplish the goal. Instead, secondary students are recruited to read to elementary classrooms and facilitate discussion with the younger students on the themes of the books. Although not rigorously evaluated, this small program had positive results. First, it has helped build social capital between the secondary and elementary schools. The elementary schools have also obtained some beautiful storybooks for their students. Second, the secondary students have worked on their reading skills, gained self-confidence, and benefited from the lessons taught by the books that they read. This is a simple and inexpensive program that should be replicated and rigorously evaluated to determine its effectiveness for preventing violence. Includes a discussion of the benefits of cooperative learning and a list of the books used in the VPTCL program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii