An Interactive Social Tutoring System to Improve and Measure Social Goals for Students Related to Academic and Other School-Related Outcomes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$849,989.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
edies11c0039
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
edies11c0039
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1901 N. Harrison Ave Ste 200, Cary, NC, 27513-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
046981549
Principal Investigator:
Melissa Derosier
derosier@3cisd.com
Business Contact:
Melissa Derosier
derosier@3cisd.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Purpose: Elementary school is a time of growth and development in students' social skills and peer relations. Prior research shows that students who are able to establish and maintain positive peer relations are more successful in school (including higher levels of achievement) and better able to cope with stressful life events. In contrast, students who have difficulty navigating the socio-developmental shifts of elementary school are substantially more likely to experience academic failure, behavioral problems, and emotional difficulties. The purpose of this project is to develop a cost-effective, time-efficient, and engaging product to measure students' progress toward improved social literacy. Project Activities: In Phase I, key product components (e.g., software engine, user interface, speech capabilities, avatar builder, and performance tracking) were prototyped and researched to demonstrate feasibility of implementation in school settings. In Phase II, the researchers will refine the key components, further design six instructional social problem-solving units, and design teacher support materials. After development is complete, a pilot study will be conducted to assess the feasibility, usability, and the promise of the technology for promoting students' social skills and reducing negative behaviors. Data will be collected from approximately 300 students in 12 classrooms over 2 months. Half of the classrooms will use the product to supplement standard classroom instruction while the other half will continue with normal practices. Teacher and student measures will be collected before and after implementation.

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