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ERIC Number: EJ847651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Second Grade Students: A Study of the "Strong Start" Curriculum
Caldarella, Paul; Christensen, Lynnette; Kramer, Thomas J.; Kronmiller, Kalli
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n1 p51-56 Aug 2009
The promotion of social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools may help prevent emotional and behavioral problems of students. This study evaluated the effects of a SEL curriculum, "Strong Start," on the social-emotional competence of 26 second grade students, using a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group design. Results revealed statistically significant and meaningful improvements in teacher ratings of students' internalizing and peer-related pro-social behaviors, particularly for students at greater risk. Conversely, control group students experienced significant worsening of internalizing behaviors and decreased levels of peer-related pro-social behaviors. No changes were reported in externalizing behaviors for either group. Treatment integrity and social validity ratings of "Strong Start" were high. Limitations and implications of this study are addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
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Language: English
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