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Prosocial DevelopmentA Multidimensional Approach$
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Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Gustavo Carlo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.001.0001

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Educating Students to Be Prosocial at School

Educating Students to Be Prosocial at School

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(p.279) 14 Educating Students to Be Prosocial at School
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Prosocial Development
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Christi Bergin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.003.0014

This chapter discusses the importance of students’ prosocial behavior in preschool through high school. The chapter then discusses correlational research revealing that students who are more prosocial than their peers tend to have greater social and academic success in school. In addition, students have higher achievement when they have more classmates who are prosocial. Thus, increasing prosocial behavior should be of keen interest to educators. Indeed, the few studies that address classroom prosocial behavior suggest that promoting prosocial behavior may be more predictive of achievement than reducing problem behavior. Explanations for the relationship between prosocial behavior and school success are offered. Finally, the chapter concludes with a discussion of how educators may promote increased prosocial behavior in the classroom. Several teaching practices, as well as formal curriculum-based programs, are discussed.

Keywords:   prosocial behavior, school, preschool, educators, students, achievement

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