Bringing Social-emotional Learning into Focus: Insights from Middle Schoolers in India (74755)

Session Information: Mind, Brain & Psychology: Human Emotional & Cognitive Development & Outcomes within Educational Contexts
Session Chair: Daisy Mae Bialba

Thursday, 23 November 2023 14:45
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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Existing studies on Socio-emotional learning (SEL) and its measurement have highlighted its positive role in school achievements and overall emotional well-being of school children. They have a western perspective thus, restricting its application in the Indian educational context. Addressing this gap, we constructed a tool SEL1.0 to measure SEL for 6th, 7th and 8th graders (N=1852) in government schools in Maharashtra and tool showed acceptable reliability (⍺ = 0.69) in the first pilot. After the exploratory factor analysis, five factors of SEL were retained which explained 30.73% of the variance. For the second pilot, these five factors were renamed and a refined tool SEL2.0 was tested again on 6th, 7th and 8th graders (N=3575) in government schools in Maharashtra. We added 10 more items in the ‘like skills’ domain for SEL2.0 (⍺ = 0.75) showing better reliability scores than before (⍺ = 0.69). Results reveal overall scores for decision making-self management and emotional development being lowest across the sample; while scores for social awareness followed by academic awareness being highest. Some significant gender differences were found for academic awareness, self awareness, emotional development, decision-making & self management. The study sheds light on SEL status of middle schoolers, indicating improvements in the school environment and reiterating the need for SEL based programs in schools based on a layered analysis. The article ends with pertinent discussion on the existing Indian framework for SEL development and how upskilling teachers to develop SEL in children must be prioritized.

Shalaka Shah, FLAME University, India
Shivakumar Jolad, FLAME University, India
Anirudh Prasadh, Leadership for Equity (LFE), India

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Shalaka Shah is an Assistant Professor for Psychology and has a doctorate in Pedagogy & Psychology. Her research areas are work-life interface, competence development, pet and personality, socio-emotional learning and migration studies.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00