Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific

Perspectives, Programs and Approaches

  • Erica Frydenberg
  • Andrew J. Martin
  • Rebecca J. Collie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Perspectives from Australia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Gavin R. Slemp, Tan-Chyuan Chin, Margaret L. Kern, Christine Siokou, Daniel Loton, Lindsay G. Oades et al.
      Pages 101-122
  3. Perspectives and Approaches in the Asia-Pacific

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Gregory Arief D. Liem, Bee Leng Chua, Yvonne B. G. Seng, Khairyani Kamarolzaman, Elaine Yu Ling Cai
      Pages 187-203
    3. Gerald Kam Yuen Wu, Magdalena Mo Ching Mok
      Pages 219-231
    4. Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, Sonja Macfarlane, James Graham, Te Hurinui Clarke
      Pages 273-289
  4. Programs and Approaches from the Australian Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Annemaree Carroll, Julie M. Bower, Adrian F. Ashman, Sasha Lynn
      Pages 335-352
    3. Meredith O’Connor, Georgiana Cameron
      Pages 353-370
    4. Chelsea Cornell, Neisha Kiernan, Danielle Kaufman, Prishni Dobee, Erica Frydenberg, Janice Deans
      Pages 391-411
  5. Closing Section

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Andrew J. Martin, Rebecca J. Collie, Erica Frydenberg
      Pages 459-471

About this book


Around the globe, there is a growing awareness of the importance of addressing students’ social and emotional development and wellbeing during schooling. Although the bulk of the work in this area has been conducted in North America and Europe, there is now a burgeoning interest in this topic in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific. This book is the first ever to provide a timely and important collection of diverse perspectives on and approaches to social and emotional learning in the Australian and Asia Pacific context. Adopting a broad view of social and emotional learning, the book explores positive psychology, belonging, teachers’ professional development, pre-service training and post-initial training in Australia and in neighbouring communities such as China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Fiji, and other Pacific nations. 

"Frydenberg, Martin, and Collie have provided an incredible service by bringing together in a single well planned scholarly volume an incredible and well balanced group of senior and early career cutting edge researchers from Australia, Asia and the Asia Pacific area tackling approaches and key issues of social and emotional learning.  Their much needed volume links research on key factors, such as differing perspectives, measurement issues, the identification of at-risk children, teachers' social and emotional development, and these and other across the cultures of an increasingly vibrant and developing geographic region. It is indeed encouraging to gain the sense of depth and breadth of ongoing research that the volume gives. "

                                 John Roodenburg PhD FAPS MCEDP MCCOUNSP, Monash University Melbourne

"Social and Emotional Learning is understood to be a crucial part of the school curriculum.  This book covers the field, with a refreshing focus on work being done in Australia and in neighbouring countries.  For school psychologists, the book helps us to understand how SEL can help at every level – from working with individuals, small groups, whole classes, or with the entire school.  Our work with vulnerable students, individually or in small groups, is always more effective when embedded in the broader context of Social and Emotional Learning."

Paul Bertoia FAPS MCEDP, Senior School Psychologist

“This collected volume of researchers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific provides a thorough review of important educational, social, and emotional development issues for practitioners and researchers around the world. Readers will greatly benefit from the breadth and depth of treatment in each of the topics covered.”

Kit-Tai Hau, PhD, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.



Social emotional learning Social emotional development Positive education Positive psychology school belonging self-determination theory academic buoyancy autonomy-supportive classroom optimal human functioning Social Emotional Learning in Australia Social Emotional Learning in Asia Social Emotional Learning in Australasia Social Emotional Learning in Hong Kong Social Emotional Learning in China Social Emotional Learning in Korea

Editors and affiliations

  • Erica Frydenberg
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Martin
    • 2
  • Rebecca J. Collie
    • 3
  1. 1.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneUniversity of MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.University of New South WalesSchool of EducationSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of New South Wales School of EducationSydneyAustralia

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