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'We Are Trying to Make Them Good Citizens': The Utilisation of SEAL to Develop 'Appropriate' Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills amongst Pupils Attending Disadvantaged Primary Schools
Education 3-13
Short Title: Education 3-13
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2018/01/01/
Pages: 741 - 754
Sources ID: 90591
Notes: Accession Number: EJ1193176; Acquisition Information: Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 530 Walnut Street Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Tel: 215-625-8900; Fax: 215-207-0050; Web site:; Language: English; Education Level: Elementary Education; Reference Count: 47; Journal Code: NOV2018; Level of Availability: Not available from ERIC; Publication Type: Academic Journal; Publication Type: Report; Entry Date: 2018
Visibility: Public (group default)
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This paper focuses on primary school staff members' interpretations of the UK social and emotional learning initiative: SEAL. The data, collected through group and individual interviews with a range of staff members working in schools located in deprived areas, illustrate how the scheme has been used to encourage various behaviours. This utilisation of SEAL was influenced by staff members' perceptions of the pupils' parents, and particularly their in/ability to develop 'appropriate' social, emotional and behavioural skills. Staff members identified a range of objectionable behaviours, exhibited by the pupils, which were perceived to have been encouraged in the home. In response, schools operationalised SEAL to endorse alternative behaviours deemed 'appropriate'. Implications of the findings, in terms of marginalising the values and 'othering' the practices of specific sections of society, are discussed, and recommendations are made for a more democratic approach to schooling which prioritises a mutual exchange of knowledge between school and home.