The study explored the developed social skills between male and female students at the elementary
level. A total of 550 Students were selected using multi-stage cluster sampling in the district of
Lahore. Explored social skills included accepting criticism, showing respect, solving problems, accepting rights &
responsibilities and tolerance of individual differences. A scale consisting of sixty-nine items was developed and
standardized through factor analysis. The instrument was checked and ensured for reliability measures using
Cronbach's Alpha (r = .75, p < .05). Five factors were identified through exploratory factor analysis using the principal
component matrix measuring students' level of social skills at the elementary level. Results of the study showed
statistically significant difference based on the gender of the student for the subscale "accepting criticism", revealing
male students being more developed in social skill compared to their female counterparts, whereas female students
were found more mature for the social skill requiring tolerance of individual differences as compared to male
students. The study has implications for future researchers and school authorities.
1-Tallat Rashid University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Kiran Shehzadi University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Farzana Yousaf University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Social Skills, Elementary Level, Social Studies, Showing Respect, Accepting Rights and Responsibilities