Title

Evaluation of the Second Step Program in an Urban Elementary School

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

Department

Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Sawyer Hunley

Abstract

The present study evaluated the impact of Second Step, a school-based program that promotes the growth of students' social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills. The program uses social-emotional learning strategies to build important skills such as building friendships, managing emotions, solving problems, and facing peer pressure. Utilizing a mixed methods design, the Second Step program was evaluated in an urban public school in Southwestern Ohio for the present study. Behavior rating scales, semi- structured interviews, and observations were employed to evaluate the impact of the program and investigate the value placed on social-emotional learning (SEL) by staff in this school. Participants reported high value placed on SEL and that participating in the program improved peer relationships, self-awareness, and overall social skills in students. Suggestions are made for future research and recommendations for the implementation of school-based SEL programs in urban settings are also discussed.

Keywords

Educational Psychology, Education, Special Education, social-emotional learning, social-emotional competence, Second Step, urban, elementary

Rights Statement

Copyright © 2019, author

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