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Making Socially Accepting Inclusive Classrooms

The MOSAIC Project is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. MOSAIC stands for Making Socially Accepting Inclusive Classrooms.

The purpose is to help children be more inclusive, socially accepting, patient, and tolerant of classmates who may be different from them or who may be dealing with behavioral or learning problems. It is well documented that children who do not get along with their classmates disrupt classroom, detract from instructional time, and create a climate for bullying. Peer rejection also contribute to academic disengagement and increased risk for academic failure for the rejected child. Existing interventions for youth with peer problems have focus on changing the behavior of the disruptive child, but have ignored the rejecting peer group. Thus, the child’s peer status remains unchanged. Our colleague, Dr. Amori Mikami (University of British Columbia), developed the MOSAIC classroom intervention as a way to alter the behaviors of rejected children and the behaviors by the rejecting peer group as a way to improve peer relationships and academic functioning in those with peer relationship problems. MOSAIC was pilot tested in the context of a children’s summer camp classroom. Results of a pilot test showed benefits in the rejected child’s peer functioning and benefits for the typically-developing classmates. Because MOSAIC may benefit the entire classroom, we would like to work with teachers to develop MOSAIC for use in typical classrooms.

In the first year of the project, we will work intensively with a small number of teachers at each site. Teachers will implement the existing MOSAIC procedures and give us feedback for improving the feasibly of integrating the procedures in a typical classroom. We will refine the MOSAIC procedures using their feedback. In Year 2, we will conduct a pilot test of the new version with a second set of teachers, and study the impacts of MOSAIC on the class and target students. This process will allow us to refine our measurement plan and make final revisions to the manuals. In Year 3, we will conduct a small randomized clinical trial to evaluate the feasibly and effectiveness of the fully-developed classroom version of MOSAIC. We look forward to working with teachers in Berne Union and Logan Hocking School Districts in the upcoming year.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the project, call 877-724-4241.

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