Social and Emotional Learning: A Critical Appraisal


Neil Humphrey

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    ACERAustralian Council for Educational Research
    ACESAssessment of Children's Emotional Skills
    AGDHAAustralian Government Department of Health and Ageing
    CASELCollaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
    CDCPCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
    CDPChild Development Project
    CfCCommittee for Children
    CMHSCenter for Mental Health Services
    CSCCaring School Community
    CSVPCentre for the Study of Violence Prevention
    DENIDepartment for Education in Northern Ireland
    EDSEmotional Dysregulation Scale
    EIemotional intelligence
    ELAIEmotional Literacy Assessment Instrument
    EQi-YVEmotional Quotient Inventory – Youth Version
    HOCESCHouse of Commons Education and Skills Committee
    IESInstitute of Education Sciences
    IGPAInstitute of Government and Public Affairs
    IPPRInstitute for Public Policy Research
    IQimplementation quality
    LAlocal authority
    LLWLearning for Life and Work
    MESSYMatson Evaluation of Social Skills in Youngsters
    MSCEIT-YVMayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test – Youth Version
    NAENational Agency for Education
    NCLBNo Child Left Behind Act 2001 (US)
    NICENational Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
    NRCIMNational Research Council and Institute of Medicine
    PATHSPromoting Alternative Thinking Strategies
    PDMUPersonal Development and Mutual Understanding
    PEHWPupils' Emotional Health and Wellbeing
    RCTrandomised controlled trial
    REDIResearch-Based Developmentally Informed
    SACDRCSocial and Character Development Research Consortium
    SAFESequenced, Active, Focused, Explicit
    SATstandard assessment task/test
    SCCPSchool as a Caring Community Profile
    SEALSocial and Emotional Aspects of Learning
    SEARSSocial-Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales
    SECDsocial, emotional and character development
    SEEAEsocial, emotional, ethical and academic education
    SELsocial and emotional learning
    SETSocial and Emotional Training
    SSISSocial Skills Improvement System
    SSRSSocial Skills Rating System
    TaMHSTargeted Mental Health in Schools
    TEIQueTrait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire
    UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Emergency Fund
    USDHHSUS Department of Health and Human Services


    I am deeply grateful to Drs Ann Lendrum and Michael Wigelsworth for their support, advice and encouragement during the writing of this book.

    About the Author

    Neil Humphrey is Professor of Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester. Social and emotional learning is his central research interest. Neil has led (or collaborated on) a number of high-profile studies in this area, including the national evaluations of the primary social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) small-group work element, secondary SEAL programme and the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) initiative. His most recent project is a major randomised controlled trial of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum. Neil has published extensively on social and emotional learning in journals such as Educational Psychology, School Mental Health, Educational and Psychological Measurement and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

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