ERIC Number: EJ903733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Understanding How Social and Emotional Skill Deficits Contribute to School Failure
Whitted, Kathryn S.
Preventing School Failure, v55 n1 p10-16 2011
A growing number of children are entering kindergarten without the skills that enable them to be successful in an academic setting. However, it is not children's cognitive skills that concern educators; it is their social and emotional skill deficits that are most troublesome. This article discusses how family and community risk factors can inhibit social and emotional development (i.e., skills that children need to control their behavior in the classroom) in young children, discusses how relationships provide the foundation for social-emotional skill development, and highlights a number of strategies and programs that educators and policymakers need to be aware of in order to help children who are headed toward a trajectory of school failure because of their social and emotional skill deficits.
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Skill Development, School Holding Power, Emotional Development, Interpersonal Competence, Academic Failure, Young Children, School Readiness, Social Development, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Family Influence, Neighborhoods, Teacher Role, Resilience (Psychology), Minority Groups, Self Control, Problem Solving, Empathy, Kindergarten
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A