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18/11/2009

Tool Information

Settings: Education
MHP Steps: Implementation
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: Dutch | English | Greek
URL: Click here for Tool Website
Publication Information: Grades 2-3 SDM/SPS Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving A Curriculum for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Dr. Maurice J. Elias and Linda Bruene Butler with Erin M. Bruno, Maureen Reilly Papke, and Teresa Farley Shapiro Grades 4-5 SDM/SPS Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving A Curriculum for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Dr. Maurice J. Elias and Linda Bruene Butler with Erin M. Bruno, Maureen R. Papke, and Teresa Farley Shapiro Grades 6-8 SDM/SPS Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving for Middle School Students Skills and Activities for Academic, Social, and Emotional Success Dr. Maurice J. Elias and Linda Bruene Butler

Evaluation: Yes
Available Formats: Digital (CD, DVD) | Paper Based
Free: No
Restrictions on Use: Yes
Tool Focus: Individual and Organisation
Tool Type: Programme
Download(s): Research report about SEL programs - 1.98 MB

Tool Description

The Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program is intended to be used with all students (regular and special education) in the kindergarten to eighth grades, regardless of ability level, ethnic group and socio-economic level. The Social Decision Making Program is designed to become a strategic part of the teaching process, impacting on behavior, academic learning and the social/emotional life of the school setting. The formal lessons are most effectively taught in at least one classroom session per week (two for special education students), but the SDM/PS approach permeates teaching across several content areas. Because the Program provides a foundation of pro-social, critical thinking and life skill learning for all students, it is often a useful structure for organizing existing school programs. In many sites, social decision making has been incorporated into the school's annual plans for student learning objectives. The Social Decision Making Program contains curriculum lessons in the following areas: - Self-Control and Social Awareness - Social Decision Making Thinking - Applications to Academics and "Real Life" Problems

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: Applied internationally
Tool mainly used in: United States
Stage of Development: Well established
Evaluation and Research: Studies/Technical Data available
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: Active participation clearly described

Evaluation Description

The curriculum has been repeatedly evaluated and refined through classroom use, and a body of research has been gathered, which finds that the SDM/PS curriculum and procedures are successful in teaching emotional intelligence to children. Evidence has been found that children can learn to cope more effectively with stress and make social adjustments more easily after learning the skills in the curriculum. The SDM/PS Program is research validated and it was rigorously evaluated and twice-validated, in 1989 and 1995, as an "Exemplary Program" by the United States Department of Education, a distinction and designation it maintains to this day.

Contact Details

Organisation Name: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- University Behavioral HealthCare- Behavioral Research and Training Institute
Address: 151 Centennial Avenue Suite 1140 Piscataway
Postal Code: NJ 08854
Country: United States
Email: spsweb@umdnj.edu
Telephone: (732)-235-9280

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