Who said preschool children are not capable of community service and social action?? Our own Doha Berjawi conducted an action research to study how community-building activities in the classroom would affect pre-school students in taking independent action to serve their community. Using a pre–post treatment test design with a sample of 180 students aged between 3 and 6, taking action was targeted through behaviors such as taking initiative in solving group problems or conflicts, in being helpful, and in organizing the community, as well as through cooperation, tolerance and concern for others. Various community-building activities were implemented; among the most prevalent, were group-work activities, cooperative learning, conflict-resolution strategies, peer coaching, positive talk, community service, making pledges and team-building activities. The results of this study show that the community-building activities implemented contributed to increased independent social action in students. This was evident in the change in students’ behavior, particularly the significant increase in taking initiatives, cooperation, tolerance and showing concern for others in the post-treatment assessments. The research entitled “Developing increased independent social action in preschool students through community-building activities”- was published in the IB Journal of Teaching Practice, Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2014, and was highlighted as the cover paper. Once again, IC is proudly sharing its expertise with educators on the international level. Proud of you, Doha!
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