Social-emotional learning (SEL) is not a new concept. It’s been in the literature for more than two decades. However, SEL has arguably become one of the hottest topics in education in the last few years.
The reason for that is the realization that whether it is character education, peacebuilding, or conflict resolution, all have their foundations set in the social-emotional learning frameworks. SEL doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time, but those who have stuck to it have identified numerous positive outcomes associated with SEL.
Here’s all you need to know about - Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), its benefits and its importance?
What is Social-Emotional Learning?
CASEL (2020 update) defines Social and emotional learning (SEL) “as an integral part of education and human development.” It is the process through which individuals of all ages acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals. SEL helps individuals feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
At its core, Social-emotional learning (SEL) focuses on student motivation, social connectedness, and self-regulation as the prerequisites for learning.
What are the skills and benefits of SEL?
Although the research is new, a myriad of studies reflects upon the overall positive impact of social-emotional learning.
A 2011 analysis of 213 studies shows an average of 11 percentile increase in academic achievement with SEL. The usage of SEL principles for early interventions led to a reduction of conduct problems, better student attitudes toward themselves and others, fewer emotional outbreaks, and overall enhanced academic performance.
With social-emotional learning, students’ emotional health improves and they don’t restrict themselves from expressing how they feel. SEL leads to better behaviour and promotes teamwork and leadership skills through its activities which allow natural leaders as well as shy students to strengthen their leadership muscles and gain the confidence required to be successful in future roles.
How and why is social-emotional learning (SEL) crucial to cultivating student leadership skills?
The core concept of SEL is to develop yourself as a leader, and it starts with self-awareness which later, helps develop a social awareness of others. With SEL, you learn how to collaborate and, manage yourself in different situations, make responsible decisions, and think strategically. It is an incredible amalgamation of skills that are required to build your leadership capacity.