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This report describes a program for improving social and conflict resolution skills of primary students in three middle class suburban schools located in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. This program was recognized by teaching staff who found students lacking in social skills, problem solving strategies and the ability to solve conflicts. Teacher observation and teacher/student surveys confirmed the problem. Analysis of the probable cause data revealed that students demonstrate inappropriate (negative) skills for resolving their own conflicts, and that this lack of skill may come from socioeconomic background, exposure to violence, poor family relations, poor self-esteem and a lack of knowledge of alternative solutions. A combination of solution strategies suggested by research, teacher experience and collegial support resulted in the following interventions: (1) provide lessons on self-esteem; (2) utilize conflict resolution techniques through literature and role playing; and (3) adapt the life skills unit. The outcome of this Action Research Project was that students exhibited an increase in their ability to recognize and resolve conflict by utilizing appropriate resolution strategies. (Author)

Descriptors: Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Primary Education, Problem Solving, Questionnaires, Self Esteem, Social Cognition, Social Problems, Surveys, Units of Study











Autor: Argyris, Pamela; And Others

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10185&id=ED374377



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