Facilitating interpersonal Relationships in the Classroom: the Relational Literacy Curriculum / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume is a guide to using the Relational Literacy Curriculum with children in grades 2-5. Based on developmental and social constructivist principles, this curriculum presents a conceptual framework and a method for enhancing children's understanding of interpersonal relationships in the classroom. The Relational Literacy Curriculum:
*offers a powerful method for children to reflect on challenging interpersonal episodes and to discern constructive patterns of relating through discussion and role play;
*provides a process that can serve as both a prevention tool and a vehicle for managing immediate conflict;
*gives teachers a strong theoretical framework from which they can make principled decisions, and a flexible format for implementing it that they can adapt to meet the particular social needs of their classroom context; and
*promotes teacher reflection and learning through the use of various observational tools.

This book addresses the question of why it is important to study relationships in the elementary classroom; reviews the research and literature that inform the relational literacy curriculum; lays out the process of the curriculum; explains how the curriculum can be used to address real conflicts within the classroom community; and provides guiding principles for practice. It is a useful resource for classroom teachers, school psychologists, school counselors and social workers, and a valuable text for a range of courses, including classroom management, psycho-social interventions, child development, and early childhood education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805837650
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Relationships: Why Study Them in the Elementary Classroom? A Conceptual Framework for the Relational Literacy Curriculum. The Relational Literacy Curriculum Discussion Process: Exploring How It Works. C.J. Fogartaigh, Role Playing in the Relational Literacy Curriculum. Shifting Responsibility Within the Relational Literacy Curriculum: Making Conceptual Connections. Working With Children's Real Conflicts. Making It Your Own: Professional Development and the Relational Literacy Curriculum. Appendices: Timeline. The Discussion Process. The Role Play Process. Reflections and Connections. Real Conflicts.

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