ERIC Number: EJ860007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Social-Emotional and Character Development and Academics as a Dual Focus of Educational Policy
Elias, Maurice J.
Educational Policy, v23 n6 p831-846 2009
There is a missing piece to America's education agenda, and children will continue to be left behind until that piece is addressed. Furthermore, children are not being systematically prepared for their complex roles as citizens in our democracy. A growing body of evidence from research and practice suggests reconceptualizing education as an integration of social-emotional and character development (SECD) and academic learning. This article reviews skills children need for effective social and academic participation, characteristics of schools that effectively integrate these forms of learning, and key reasons to adopt this integration. It concludes with examples of, and suggestions for, bringing SECD to prominence in educational policy making.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Personality Development, Emotional Development, Skill Analysis, Skill Development, Democratic Values, Alignment (Education), Learning Motivation, Effective Schools Research, Curriculum Implementation, Curriculum Enrichment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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