Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning; What Does the Research Say?
reviewed by Jeanne Galbraith - 2005
Title: Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning; What Does the Research Say?
Author(s): Joseph E. Zins, Roger P. Weissberg, Margaret C. Wang, and Herbert J. Walberg (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744395, Pages: 244, Year: 2004
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“Groundbreaking” is the term used by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence (1997), to describe Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning, and I have to agree. In the wake of the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act and its requirement for “scientifically based research,” this compilation of research on social, emotional, and academic learning is especially timely, because it provides sound evidence of the benefits of integrating social and emotional learning into the curriculum. In general, schools tend to emphasize academic or cognitive readiness as isolated from other areas of development, including social and emotional. The research within this book counters this tendency, as the overall book emphasizes “a growing body of scientifically based research supporting the strong impact that enhanced social and emotional behaviors can have on success in school and ultimately in life” (p. 19). The book is divided into three parts.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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