Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Play groups--Social aspects; Social skills--Study and teaching; Social skills in children;
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of Sunshine Circles, an interactive playgroup, on the development of social emotional skills and the reduction of problem behaviors in one Kindergarten classroom when compared with a second kindergarten classroom not participating in the interactive playgroup. A one-way multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) will be used to analyze the effectiveness of the Sunshine Circles interactive playgroup using information collected through behavioral and social skills rating scales, and office discipline referrals (ODRs). It is hypothesized that the classroom participating in the Sunshine Circles playgroup will make more progress and/or develop an increase in measured social-emotional skills and have fewer ODRs when compared to the control kindergarten classroom. Possible future implications of this research proposal will also be considered.
Date of Award
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Stephanie Schmitz, Chair
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©2016 Emerald Kissinger
Kissinger, Emerald, "The effectiveness of a Sunshine Circle in a kindergarten classroom as a classroom based interactive play group" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 288.