Event Title

Comparing the Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning Programs and the Effects on Academic Achievement

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

Description

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has become a growing phenomenon in the educational field ever since emotional intelligence was connected to IQ (Elias and Moceri, 2012). Past research revealed that 60% of children entering kindergarten have the necessary cognitive skills needed to succeed while only 40% have the necessary emotional competencies needed to succeed (Ashdown and Bernard, 2011). Many schools are now implementing social and emotional learning programs to help further students’ social-emotional competencies. This study investigated the effects of SEL programs on students’ academic achievement and reveals several positive relationships between the two. The second part of the study focused on components of successful SEL programs revealing that how the program is implemented can greatly affect the outcome. These findings add to previous research in the field of SEL while also providing educators with information on how to improve the educational experience for students through SEL programs.

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Comparing the Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning Programs and the Effects on Academic Achievement

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has become a growing phenomenon in the educational field ever since emotional intelligence was connected to IQ (Elias and Moceri, 2012). Past research revealed that 60% of children entering kindergarten have the necessary cognitive skills needed to succeed while only 40% have the necessary emotional competencies needed to succeed (Ashdown and Bernard, 2011). Many schools are now implementing social and emotional learning programs to help further students’ social-emotional competencies. This study investigated the effects of SEL programs on students’ academic achievement and reveals several positive relationships between the two. The second part of the study focused on components of successful SEL programs revealing that how the program is implemented can greatly affect the outcome. These findings add to previous research in the field of SEL while also providing educators with information on how to improve the educational experience for students through SEL programs.