Social Skills Programs
There are hundreds of social skills programs on the market. Most are untested and unproven – in a rigouous and scientific way. Almost all claim to be “Evidence-based”, but that does not mean that they are Research-Based or that they demonstrated to be effective and actually deliver measurable results in a scientific study or practice.
Intstitute of Education Sciences
The Intstitute of Education Sciences (IES) is a goverment research institution that looks at the research behind educational practices. One of their markee brands is the What Works Clearinghouse. The WWC is a great resourse for reviewing if the program you want to use in your classroom is effective (scientifically speaking).
The IES has recently released their findings on Social Skills Training in early education settings – and the results are NOT encouraging. See their findings here and download the full report. Other meta-analysis studies by Sarup Mathur, Robert Rutherford and others in the early 2000’s confirm the low effect-size of most social skills training research studies.
4 Reasons for Low Effect-Size of Social Skills Training Programs
There can be a lot of reasons for the dismal effectiveness of student training or intervention program.