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ERIC Number: EJ887061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
The Effects of a Social Skills Strategy on Disruptive and Problem Behaviors in African American Students in an Urban Elementary School: A Pilot Study
Utley, Cheryl A.; Greenwood, Charles R.; Douglas, Katherine
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v10 n1-2 p173-190 Dec 2007
This pilot study examines the effects of the implementation of the Cool Tool, a social skills strategy, on the disruptive and problem behaviors of third-grade (n = 4) and fourth-grade (n = 6) African American students in an urban elementary school. Following the completion of the social skills intervention in both classrooms, the findings of pre- and post-classroom observations revealed that (a) the on-task performance and socially appropriate behaviors of African American students increased and (b) teachers increased their level of praises of students' behaviors. Future research efforts should be directed toward implementing a social skills intervention to minimize problem behaviors in African American students and facilitate positive teacher-student interactions. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A