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Social and Emotional Education in Primary School

Integrating Theory and Research into Practice

Authors: Cefai, Carmel, Cavioni, Valeria

  • ​Explores social-emotional education (SEE) as a key competence in primary schools
  • Provides practicable guidance on incorporating SEE within the classroom and throughout the entire school ecology
  • Explores SEE as a multidimensional, multistage, multi-intervention, multitarget program for school children
  • Discusses the emotional and social benefits not only for students but for school professionals and parents as well​
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About this book

This book synthesizes concepts, findings, and best practices for a complete guide to planning, implementing, and evaluating social and emotional education (SEE) programs. Emphasizing "caught" as well as taught lessons, it offers a whole-school framework for SEE, with content, rationales, assessment tools, and age-appropriate strategies. Interventions are also included for use across subjects, to engage learners and assist students with behavioral and emotional difficulties. And the lessons travel beyond the classroom, involving the whole school, families and communities.

Key areas of coverage include:

  • How SEE can be taught and assessed as a core competence.
  • Classroom and whole school frameworks to enhance SEE.
  • Examples of targeted interventions for at-risk students.
  • Techniques for enlisting parents and communities in supporting SEE.
  • A complete online set of SEE class and homework activities.

Social and Emotional Education in Primary School is an essential resource for scientist-practitioners, educators, and other professionals as well as researchers and graduate students in special and general education, child and school psychology, educational psychology, social work, positive psychology, and family-related fields.

About the authors

Carmel Cefai, Ph.D., CPsychol., is the Director of the European Centre for  Resilience and  Health, and Head of the Department of Psychology, at the University of Malta, Malta. He is founding Honoury co-Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC) and joint editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education. For a number of years he also worked as a school teacher and educational psychologist. He leads a number of international projects on social and emotional education, mental health and resilience in schools, and has numerous publications in the area, including the popular Promoting Resilience in the Classroom: A Guide to Developing Pupils Emotional and Cognitive Skills (2008).

Valeria Cavioni, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist in Italy, and she’s currently collaborating in research and teaching with the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Pavia in Italy. She is also involved in research projects on wellbeing with the European Centre for  Resilience and Health at the University of Malta. Her field of research is social and emotional learning and emotional wellbeing in nursery and primary schools, and she is presently working on evidence-based programs in this area. She has published various scientific papers, book chapters and participated in numerous conferences on social and emotional development in childhood.

Reviews

“This book cogently summarizes the latest advances in research, theory, and practice for educators who promote the social, emotional, and academic learning of primary-school students. It provides practical tools and strategies that teachers, administrators, and student support staff can apply in daily instruction and programming to enhance students' optimal development and academic performance. This book is a valuable resource for teacher preparation and for professional learning communities of educators.”

Roger P. Weissberg, President and CEO, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

“This extraordinarily compact and valuable book integrates the best available theory, research, and practice internationally and services as an essential resource for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.  It is rare indeed that one book, in relatively few pages, can accomplish all of these goals.  But Carmel Cefai has done so.”

Maurice Elias, Director Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Rutgers University, NJ, USA.

“This book breathes life and vitality  into the  journey for researchers, teachers, and anyone undertaking the challenge of  helping young people flourish in academically and  socially  competent and resilient ways in this modern world.”

Phillip Slee, Professor in Human Development, Flinders University, South Australia.

"This book is a fascinating read because it supports educationalists engaged in teaching, planning and curriculum development. The educationists are informed of the social and emotional processes in education as well as in the formation of socially, emotionally and academically competent and resilient students. The book adopts a comprehensive whole school approach to the teaching of SEE, integrating it into the curriculum and teaching at an individual, classroom and school level. This sits well in our inclusive school climate. Innovatively this book includes SEE interventions with students experiencing difficulties together with an awareness of the emotional life and well-being of teachers and parents in their child’s education. The use of educational checklists enhances and supports self-development of the individual within a whole school community."

Charmaine Agius Ferrante, Malta Review of Educational Research, Vol 8, Issue 1, 2014

“The book’s topic – social and emotional education (SEE) – will not be new to readers. The book seeks to demonstrate that the proposed practice is firmly based on well-established theory.  The book offers a number of strategies, frameworks, and assessment methods which provide a possible curriculum for SEE. They are based on a range of theories and methods that are used with success across several countries. These methods are acknowledged and evidence is given from work carried out. The presentation and style used makes the book accessible to those working in the field.”

Joan Pritchard, Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties, Vol 20, Issue 2, 2014

“Increasing importance is being given by psychologists and educators to the promotion of what has been termed as Social Emotional Learning or Emotional Literacy, or as Cefai and Cavioni calls it, Social and Emotional Education (SEE). Cefai and Cavioni’s book is a most useful gift for educators who would like to get to grips with this new important area of education. This book should be in the hands of every primary school teacher and head of school. This book is the best tool for accessing current expertise on the education of the ‘heart’ in the most compact way.”

Paul A. Bartolo, The International Journal of Emotional Eduation, Vol 6, Issue 1, 2014


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Education That Matters in the Twenty-First Century

    Cefai, Carmel, PhD, CPsychol (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Social and Emotional Education: A Framework for Primary Schools

    Cefai, Carmel, PhD, CPsychol (et al.)

    Pages 11-32

  • An Overarching Structure for the Implementation of Social and Emotional Education

    Cefai, Carmel, PhD, CPsychol (et al.)

    Pages 33-40

  • Taught Social and Emotional Education: SEE in the Curriculum

    Cefai, Carmel, PhD, CPsychol (et al.)

    Pages 43-80

  • Caught Social and Emotional Education: A Caring Classroom Community

    Cefai, Carmel, PhD, CPsychol (et al.)

    Pages 81-95

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8752-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8751-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-4488-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social and Emotional Education in Primary School
Book Subtitle
Integrating Theory and Research into Practice
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8752-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8752-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8751-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4488-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 181
Number of Illustrations
73 b/w illustrations
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