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Effectiveness Study of Tools for Getting Along: Teaching Students to Problem Solve
In a large-scale effectiveness study, SRI Education is assessing whether the Tools for Getting Along social problem-solving curriculum helps improve the behavior, problem-solving skills, and educational outcomes of elementary school students.
Tools for Getting Along (TFGA) is an evidence-based social problem-solving curriculum intended to teach students how to handle difficult social situations and build positive relationships. TFGA guides upper elementary (grade 4 and 5) teachers establish a positive, cooperative classroom atmosphere and enable students to become better problem solvers as they encounter social and interpersonal challenges. TFGA promotes social problem-solving skills to help students learn how to manage their own behavior, and the curriculum’s lesson plans actively engage students in learning through various activities, such as role-playing.
Funded for four years by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted in partnership with the University of Florida, SRI Education is examining the effectiveness of TFGA in up to 60 elementary schools across school districts in the U.S. SRI researchers are administering questionnaires to all participating teachers and their students to assess social and academic competence and will monitor students’ attendance, grades, and behavior incidences to evaluate the short-term and long-term effectiveness of the TFGA program.
The study presented here is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R324A160010 to SRI International. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.