Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social and emotional learning: A case study of the practices and systems within a caring middle school community
by Hoffman, Carla Ruth Clawson, Ed.D., University of the Pacific, 2017, 171; 10246236
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative single case study examined the connections between social-emotional learning and academic achievement in adolescents. Questions that formed the foundation for research include the background of how one middle school developed social and emotional practices for their student population, the ways in which those practices are implemented and sustained in the school community, how social-emotional learning practices interface with academics, and approaches which can be shared with other school sites. Qualitative research methods included formal and informal participant interviews, site and field observations, and the collection of artifacts and documents such as test scores and student work. Data was coded and analyzed by themes: 1) Building Relationships and Developing Trust; 2) Learning Engagement and Achievement; 3) Teaching Accountability and Responsibility; 4) Collaboration; 5) Resolving Conflicts; and 6) Budgets, Curriculum and Standards, and Teacher Demands. Data show convincing connections between creating caring school communities and the academic, social, and emotional development of adolescents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brailler, Lynn B.
Commitee: Draheim, Marilyn, Grimes, Larry
School: University of the Pacific
Department: Educational Administration and Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, School administration
Keywords: Building relationships, Creating caring school communities, Developing trust, Social-emotional learning, Student accountability and responsibiility, Studentengagement
Publication Number: 10246236
ISBN: 978-1-369-65428-8
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