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Social-Emotional and Character Development and Academics as a Dual Focus of Educational Policy
Educational Policy
Short Title: Educational Policy
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2009/01/01/
Pages: 831 - 846
Sources ID: 90841
Notes: Accession Number: EJ860007; Acquisition Information: SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail:; Web site:; Language: English; Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Reference Count: 42; Journal Code: APR2018; Level of Availability: Not available from ERIC; Publication Type: Academic Journal; Publication Type: Report; Entry Date: 2009
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
There is a missing piece to America's education agenda, and children will continue to be left behind until that piece is addressed. Furthermore, children are not being systematically prepared for their complex roles as citizens in our democracy. A growing body of evidence from research and practice suggests reconceptualizing education as an integration of social-emotional and character development (SECD) and academic learning. This article reviews skills children need for effective social and academic participation, characteristics of schools that effectively integrate these forms of learning, and key reasons to adopt this integration. It concludes with examples of, and suggestions for, bringing SECD to prominence in educational policy making.