THE LATEST RESEARCH FROM ACER PRIORITISES THE NEED FOR SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR STUDENTS IN 2024
“The findings are, frankly, frightening,” says Dr Michael Bernard, an Emeritus Professor at California State University and a former University of Melbourne professor. “The most recent data up to 2023 shows no improvement in the social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents despite the considerable efforts of schools and parents. In many cases, they are going backwards.”
The newly published ACER data shows children and adolescents reporting an increase in stress and anxiety every year from 2018 to 2023, confirming patterns evident since the survey started in 2003.
One of the reasons for this alarming trend is that a large percentage of students of all ages lack full development of the social-emotional learning skills (SELs) needed for emotional and social management and to cope with the demanding academic curriculum.
WHY STUDENTS NEED SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)
Social-emotional learning as an educational process develops in young people the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills vital (referred to in ACARA as Personal and Social Capabilities) for school, work, and life success and wellbeing. As an educational method, SEL aims to foster social and emotional skills within school curricula.
The You Can Do It! Education team created Australia’s first social-emotional learning programs. Our programs are based on current research in child psychology, educational psychology, positive psychology, and cognitive-behavioural interventions for students with social-emotional difficulties.
One of the most well-known elements of YCDI! is that we teach five social-emotional skills (SELs): Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Resilience. They are often referred to as the 5 Keys.
THE BENEFITS OF SEL. WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
SEL leads to improved academic achievement.
SEL contributes to healthy wellbeing and safe schools
SEL develops skills that promote future readiness
SEL is effective across cultural contexts
SEL benefits adults, too
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