Leon Eskridge

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Emmett Burkeen, Wayne Ashley, Robert Melville


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Original department Counselor Education

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Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

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Education Specialist


This project involves (1) surveying the literature to determine the suitability of Transactional Analysis as a model for use in developing a set of teaching strategies for a language arts program, (2) developing those strategies, (3) testing the strategies by application, and (4) evaluating the results. Currently, in America, many groups and prominent individuals are speaking out on the issues in education. Most all appear to be searching for ways to improve the quality of education in public schools. In an effort to make such a contribution toward developing better methods and higher quality in education, this paper describes significant improvements that could be made when Transactional Analysis is used as a psychological model as a base in specific teaching areas. From data gathered, it seems apparent that Transactional Analysis could contribute in several meaningful ways although the strategies developed here are directed toward use of Transactional Analysis in a language arts class, but provide most benefits applicable to other subject areas as well. The literature supports the notion that Transactional Analysis is suitable for classroom use because (1) The simple language makes intricate concepts more easily understood by teachers and students who are not deeply involved in psychology; (2) It serves as a motivational tool and broadens the adolescent's understanding of self and others, both individuals and groups; (3) A comprehension and application of Transactional Analysis in literature classes provide a vehicle to better understand both the characters and the motivation for their behavior; (4) Its emphasis away from the medical model, which contrasts but still harmonizes with other psychological models, leans toward understanding healthy interpersonal exchanges; (5) Its design focuses on group and individual analysis, which makes it a valuable aid to the teacher for understanding and controlling problems of classroom discipline; finally, (6) It increases the probability of open, honest relationships through increased communication.


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