The efficacy of a video-based teamwork-building series with urban elementary school students. A pilot investigation

Janean E'guya Dilworth, Kathariya Mokrue, Maurice J. Elias

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Abstract

The Talking with TJ teamwork-building series is a video-based program designed to promote social/ emotional competence in elementary school children. The program emphasizes group planning, diversity appreciation, and teamwork. Although it has been implemented in schools and by children's social organizations nationwide, empirical investigations have not evaluated its use in urban school districts. This article presents pilot data on the effectiveness of "TJ" with a sample of 208 third-grade students from an urban district designated "high risk" due to poverty, community violence, and below average reading abilities. TJ had significant positive effects on several aspects of students' social concept, but did not lead to significant behavior changes over the 5-week intervention period. These results suggest that the program is a promising means of increasing feelings of self-efficacy for students participating in cooperative problem solving tasks, but a longer-term intervention is likely necessary to produce significant behavioral effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-346
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of School Psychology
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Keywords

  • Problem solving
  • School-based research
  • Social competence
  • Social emotional learning
  • Urban elementary school
  • Violence prevention

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