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Wickman, Scott A.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Education; Educational counseling; Educational leadership; Secondary education; Curriculum planning


A decade ago, Devaney, O'Brian, Resnik, Keister, and Weissberg defined social and emotional learning (SEL) as the process of acquiring skills to identify and manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, develop caring, respectful relationships, make responsible decisions, and effectively solve challenging problems. The purpose of this study was to: (a) explore how one high school district utilized existing educational frameworks and practices to implement SEL, (b) understand participants' perspectives regarding the process of SEL implementation as well as its impact, and (c) understand the perceived role of school counselors in SEL implementation. Findings are organized around four key areas: (a) curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices, (b) school culture, (c) school counselors' role in SEL implementation, and (d) factors identified by participants as most successful and most challenging. Findings suggest that SEL standards can be deeply embedded into educational practices at the high school level. Implications and recommendations are also discussed.


Advisors: Scott A. Wickman.||Committee members: Laura R. Johnson; Toni Tollerud.||Includes bibliographical references.


x, 196 pages




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