Teacher-Trainee’s Characteristics, Process and Results in a Blended Social Skills Program

Abstract This study (intervention research) evaluated the efficacy and effectiveness of a blended in-service teacher training program on social skills, and the relation between teachers’ characteristics (age, time since graduation and performance, professional self-evaluation, and educational conceptions), variables of process (performance on assessments and management of the virtual environment), and the results obtained (social skills performance and knowledge). Participants included 11 teachers from the 1st to the 5th elementary school grades, who answered a standardized inventory and questionnaires before, during and after the program. As results, we can highlight: (a) improvement in social skills knowledge and performance (mainly assertive skills); (b) correlations between the three sets of variables, both negative (for example, of the involvement and performance in the program with management of virtual environment, time since graduation, professional self-evaluation and performance of social skills), and positive (for example, between assertive skills and class management). Implications for leveling/selecting participants in future programs and research questions are discussed.