Social and Emotional Education in Primary School

Integrating Theory and Research into Practice

  • Carmel Cefai
  • Valeria Cavioni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Carmel Cefai, Valeria Cavioni
    Pages 1-7
  3. Heart in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Carmel Cefai, Valeria Cavioni
      Pages 11-32
  4. Heart in the Classroom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Carmel Cefai, Valeria Cavioni
      Pages 43-80
    3. Carmel Cefai, Valeria Cavioni
      Pages 97-110
  5. Heart in the Whole-School Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Carmel Cefai, Valeria Cavioni
      Pages 113-131
    3. Carmel Cefai, Valeria Cavioni
      Pages 159-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-181

About this book


This book synthesizes concepts, findings, and best practices for a complete guide to planning, implementing, and evaluating social and emotional education (SEE) programs. Emphasizing "caught" as well as taught lessons, it offers a whole-school framework for SEE, with content, rationales, assessment tools, and age-appropriate strategies. Interventions are also included for use across subjects, to engage learners and assist students with behavioral and emotional difficulties. And the lessons travel beyond the classroom, involving the whole school, families and communities.

Key areas of coverage include:

  • How SEE can be taught and assessed as a core competence.
  • Classroom and whole school frameworks to enhance SEE.
  • Examples of targeted interventions for at-risk students.
  • Techniques for enlisting parents and communities in supporting SEE.
  • A complete online set of SEE class and homework activities.

Social and Emotional Education in Primary School is an essential resource for scientist-practitioners, educators, and other professionals as well as researchers and graduate students in special and general education, child and school psychology, educational psychology, social work, positive psychology, and family-related fields.


At-risk students and self-regulation Caring classroom communities Core competence and SEE Core subject alignment and SEE Emotional literacy at school Emotional regulation in young children Emotional well-being in children Prosocial behavior in school SEE and school ecology SEE in primary schools SEE learning goals, standards, benchmarks, and indicators Social and emotional education in primary schools Teacher and student assessment

Authors and affiliations

  • Carmel Cefai
    • 1
  • Valeria Cavioni
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.Dept. Brain and Behavioral Sciences Psychology SectionUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8751-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8752-4
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