Developing Life Skills in Young Students

Alyssa Davis, Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor, Leah A. Nillas

Research output: Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research


School environment, children engaging with learning, developing their life skills, their self-expression and communication skills are all important and relate to the child’s interaction with adults (teachers or parents) and with their peers (FitzPatrick, 2014). In today’s society, the students within schools are typically quite diverse. Because children tend to develop judgments later in childhood, teaching tolerance and social justice at a young age may contribute to self-acceptance and group acceptance of diversity. Upon researching methods and the effectiveness of teaching life skills to young students, I found that incorporating lessons on life skills in the classroom decreases the chances of students developing problem behavior during childhood and adolescence (Prince, 2010). I conducted a study on first graders, in which I implemented lessons on life skills and assessed the effectiveness of the various strategies used while teaching. The results indicate that role-play is an effective form of teaching life skills and that young students are quite capable of problem-solving an issue relevant to their own lives.

Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 16 2016


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