ERIC Number: EJ867590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Social and Emotional Learning in the Kindergarten Classroom: Evaluation of the "Strong Start" Curriculum
Kramer, Thomas J.; Caldarella, Paul; Christensen, Lynnette; Shatzer, Ryan H.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n4 p303-309 Jan 2010
There has been increasing interest in the promotion of social and emotional learning in schools, and research has shown positive outcomes. However, relatively few studies have been conducted in kindergarten classrooms or considered the feasibility of kindergarten implementation. This study examined the effects of "Strong Start" on the social and emotional competence of 67 kindergarten students, using a time-series design. Four kindergarten teachers taught the ten "Strong Start" lessons in their classrooms. Results indicated gains in students' prosocial behaviors and decreases in internalizing behaviors, as rated by teachers and parents. Implementation integrity and teachers' ratings of social validity were high, suggesting the program's feasibility and potential effectiveness in natural classroom settings. Limitations and implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Emotional Development, Emotional Intelligence, Socialization, Prosocial Behavior, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
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