WHAT IS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING?
In this video, Daniel Goleman, author of the book, Emotional Intelligence, talks about how social and emotional learning began to emerge in the field of education.
Read chapter 1 of Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence, where he provides a basic overview of the neuroscience that informs the concept of emotional intelligence. How does the brain work when it comes to our emotions and how do these emotional impact they way we act?
“All emotions are, in essence, impulses to act, the instant plans for handling life that evolution has instilled in us. The very root of the word emotion is motere, the Latin verb “to move,” plus the pre-fix “e-” to connote “move away” suggesting that a tendency to act is implicit in every emotion.
“In our emotional repertoire each emotion plays a unique role, as revealed by their distinctive biological signatures. With new methods to peer into the body and brain, researchers are discovering more physiological details of how each emotion prepares the body for a very different kind of response.” (Goleman, 6)
Reflection Question: At 03:15 in the video interview above, Goleman responds to the question on how social and emotional learning can reach every child. He argues that we have to “get over our fixation on academic achievement tests as the end all and be all of education. We have to remember we are educating a whole child…We need to get over the mindset that sees this [social and emotional learning] as something extra or something unnecessary.” Given the trends you see emerging in the field of education, do you feel this is possible – for social and emotional learning to become a core part of a child’s education? If yes, what is fueling this progress? If no, what is preventing this progress and how can those obstacle be overcome if at all?
- Bracket, Marc A. & Rivers, Susan E. & Salovey, Peter. Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Personal, Social, Academic, and Workplace Success. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2011.
- Davidson, Richard. The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning. Edutopia.org.
- Edutopia. An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning. January, 2012.
- Lantieri, Linda & Goleman, Daniel. Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children. Sounds True, Incorporated. April 1, 2008.