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Center for the Advancement of Education


Communication Skills, Elementary Education, Verbal Communication, Communication Disorders, Nonverbal Communication, Hispanic American, Expressive Language, Self-Esteem, Communication Apprehension, Patriation


The high percentage of students lacking verbal participation in schools and experiencing a low self-concept in an above achieving third grade class was addressed by the implementation of teaching strategies across the curriculum. The target group of 25 students was involved in social studies, science, and expressive language activities that were designed to increase verbal participation and self-concept. In addition, the target group engaged in weekly self-concept activities with the school counselor. The comparison of The Student Tally of Participation prior to and after implementation showed the average verbal participation measuring at 60 percent which was four percent above the expected 56 percent. This represents his 32 percent increase of participation. The comparison of the Self-Concept Checklist showed that the target group answered with positive responses in a range of: 48 percent - 96 percent prior to implementation which is four percent higher than the predicted goal. Appendices include instruments, student, data, an analysis of progress, student worksheets, and a teacher handbook.

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