Friday, February 15, 2013

Social Skills Training: What Works Clearinghouse

Social skills training is not a specific curriculum, but rather a collection of practices that utilize a behavioral approach to teaching preschool children age-appropriate social skills and competencies, including communication, problem solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations. Social skills training can occur in both regular and special education classrooms.
A variety of social skills training approaches and curricula are available. For example, teachers may use a structured approach to explain to students how to enact a desired behavior by providing examples and reinforcing targeted behaviors through questions, answers, and other feedback. An example of a more nuanced approach (often referred to as “incidental teaching”) is when teachers respond to student-generated utterances, interactions, and behavior to encourage the desired social skills (such as rewarding positive play). Pragram Description

What does the WWC do? Basically, we study the studies and summarize the findings. Today, we released a report that summarizes the causal evidence on a set of practices called "Social Skills Training."


Social Skills Training: What Works Clearinghouse

What Works Clearinghouse(WWC) assesses a plethora of research-based info. on various educational and interventional topics, with downloadable reports, including the following: effectiveness of college coaching, Social skills training, PALS ...peer-tutoring program, the Talent Development ProgramMiddle Grades Program( Literacy/Reading comprehension), enVisionMATH curriculum, Cognitive tutor(i.e., Carnegie Learning Curricula and Cognitive Tutor's secondary Math textbook and interactive individualized self-paced curricula), as well as, and numerous other reports and studies..
The produces user-friendly practice guides for educators...; Assesses the rigor of research evidence on the effectiveness of interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies),...; Develops and implements standards for reviewing and synthesizing Education research; and Provides a public and easily accessible registry of education evaluation researchers to assist School, school districts, and program developers with designing and carrying out rigorous evaluations.
The WWC is an initiative of the US Department of Education's Institute on Education Sciences(IES).

An initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, the WWC: * Produces user-friendly practice guides for educators that address instructional challenges with research-based recommendations for schools and classrooms; * Assesses the rigor of research...
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Please visit for more information on the What Works Clearinghouse. For the official source of information about the U.S. Department of Education, please visit
An initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, the WWC:

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