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ERIC Number: EJ894105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1074-2956
Enhancing Generalization of Social Skills: Making Social Skills Curricula Effective after the Lesson
McIntosh Kent; MacKay, Leslie D.
Beyond Behavior, v18 n1 p18-25 Fall 2008
Sometimes educators are puzzled by how students can demonstrate a social skill perfectly during a practice session in a social skills curriculum but fail to use the same skill in real-life situations. Students with a lack of social skills are more likely to experience teacher and peer rejection, and are more at risk for negative life outcomes, such as gang involvement, juvenile delinquency, and long-term incarceration. Consequently, teachers seeking to avert their students from these negative outcomes often add instruction in social skills to their regular instruction in academic skills. There are a dizzying number of social skills curricula from which educators can choose. Educators short on time are tempted to purchase a packaged social skills curriculum and teach it right out of the box. Some publishers tout that their curricula are complete and require no modification to be effective. Instead, the opposite is often true: Curricula require modification to be effective. This article discusses some aspects that educators must consider in modifying curricula. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A