Capstone/Dissertation Title

Social and emotional learning: a case study

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, what does a social and emotional learning program look, sound, and feel like in practice? The capstone emerged from the researcher's experience teaching in a high school classroom and trying to connect with his students on a personal level. It gives a rationale for and a history of social and emotional learning from a psychological and educational perspective. It then offers an explanation of one particular program (approach), known as the Responsive Classroom / Developmental Designs for Middle School. The researcher visited two urban K-8 schools which had implemented this approach, observing and interviewing educators. The results show that this approach can be effective with students of different ages, and that the best results come when the school as a whole adopts the approach versus individual teachers in their isolated classrooms.

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