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ERIC Number: EJ769387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Power of Caring to Help Kids Adjust and Achieve Is Now Documented
Black, Susan
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v72 n4 p18-23 Dec 2006
Teacher warmth and support, say University of Virginia researchers Bridget Hamre and Robert Pianta, have unparalleled power to help children adjust and achieve. Their 2005 study of 910 first-grade students included 5- and 6-year-olds whose mothers had low-level education and children identified with "significant behavior, social, and/or academic problems" by their kindergarten teachers. But by the end of first grade, the children whose teachers infused "everyday interactions" with emotional and academic support disproved their kindergarten teachers' predictions. They achieved as well as students with college-educated mothers, and they achieved and adjusted on a par with children who had no problems in kindergarten. However, the quality of teaching, learning, and social interactions in classrooms nationwide has been found to be "very variable." In this article, the author discusses how schools should go about ensuring that all students receive adequate academic and emotional support. She presents the results of various studies which reveal the connection between academic and social emotional learning (SEL) and stresses that SEL programs are important in improving students' academic performance. She also describes ways to implement and sustain high-quality SEL programs.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia