Investigation of the Effect of Social Skills Training on the Motivation Levels of Preschool Children

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Saide Özbey Mehlika Köyceğiz

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The study was carried out in order to determine the effect of the "Social Skills Training Program" applied to 48-60-month-old children attending pre-school education institutions on the children’s motivation levels. The study was conducted in a one-group pretest-posttest experimental design. The study group consisted of 16 children aged 48-60 months and attending a pre-school education institution. The study was planned in a one-group experimental design since there was no other equivalent group in terms of the characteristics of the experimental group. The “Personal Information Form” and the “Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire (DMQ 18) for Preschool Children” were used as data collection tools in the study. In the study, the Social Skills Training Program was implemented to the children for 14 weeks and two days a week. The motivation levels of the children before and after the program were measured by the Wilcoxon signed-ranks test. As a result of the analyses, a significant difference was detected in favor of the post-test between the scores the children obtained before and after the Social Skills Training Program (p<0.05). In the permanence test conducted, it was determined that the effect of the program continued after the program. In other words, it was concluded that there was a significant difference in the motivation levels of the children who took the Social Skills Training Program and the effect of the program was permanent. By considering the contribution of social skills training programs to motivation in pre-school education institutions, their restructuring can be suggested. Awareness training can be provided to families on contributing to the motivation levels of children by supporting their social skills.

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ÖZBEY, Saide; KÖYCEĞIZ, Mehlika. Investigation of the Effect of Social Skills Training on the Motivation Levels of Preschool Children. INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 5, p. 477-486, july 2019. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <http://ojs.kuragrup.com/index.php/IEJEE/article/view/769>. Date accessed: 23 july 2019.
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