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The Responsive Classroom (RC) approach is a practi-cal way of teaching that integrates social and academic

Summary: Background
The Responsive ClassroomŪ (RC) approach is a practi-
cal way of teaching that integrates social and academic
learning. The goal of its developers was to help children
thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Intuitively,
many educators know that the practices teachers use are
important for fostering children's academic and social
growth. Knowing intuitively that an educational inter-
vention should work is different from pointing to scien-
tific data showing that it does work, which was the goal
of this study.
Previous studies had examined only the development
of children's social skills with the RC approach, while this
study focused on educational outcomes of students, as
well as changes in teacher attitudes and behaviors.
The Research
The study included six schools in a single urban dis-
trict in Connecticut during the school years from 2001-
02 through 2003-04. Three schools adopted the RC ap-
proach, and their teachers participated in two week-long


Source: Acton, Scott - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences