Capstone Project Title
The research question addressed in this project was, how can teachers scaffold development of the social-emotional functioning of preschoolers to improve their emotional health? To answer this question, the project included researching and developing ways to improve a child’s social-emotional awareness and character development to create a classroom culture where relationships are secure and children can thrive. This project reviewed studies from numerous experts in areas of social-emotional learning, early childhood curriculum development, executive functioning and character development to form the theoretical foundations to create a social-emotional learning and character development curriculum for children ages three to five. The research findings suggest a need for developmentally appropriate practices that integrate family involvement and teaching strategies to coach prosocial behaviors and cultivate emotional literacy, executive functioning skills and social problem-solving skills in children. To meet this aim, a teacher training guide, behavior management guide and a parent resource guide were developed to supplement the curriculum. Inspired by the work of Dereli-Iman, social-emotional functioning and character development are achieved by explicitly teaching the virtues of kindness, patience, respect and perseverance. The materials created for this project (including a 3-ft long puppet called “Dragonfly”) provide preschool educators new methods and materials to develop their students’ social-emotional learning and character development skills in playful and meaningful ways.
Curriculum, Early Childhood, Social-Emotional Learning, Character Development
Finn, Celeste, "Dragonfly’s Toolkit: An Innovative Curriculum Framework to Facilitate Socio-Emotional and Character Development Skills in Preschoolers" (2018). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 250.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects