Teachers' attitudes to the implementation of the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme in a South Wales primary school
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The importance of healthy emotional development of young people has been recognised in a number of initiatives focussed on developing children's social, emotional and behavioural skills. The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) initiative is a progranìme which has been implemented in schools throughout Wales and England to provide a wide ranging approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, staff effectiveness and the wellbeing of all who learn and work in schools. A study of the attitude of teachers to the implementation of the SEAL programme in a South V/ales primary school was carried out from September 2008 until March 2009. Various methodologies were considered and a mixed methodology using survey techniques (questionnaires), conducting interviews with teachers and observation was initially adopted. Once research began, it was decided, after long consideration and of advice from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and other professionals, not to use the questionnaire approach. Time constraints and other reasons rendered this impracticable for this study. However, the questionnaire approach could reap considerable beneht if pursued over a longer period of study, say by planning one school year for use throughout the next, and this is a suggestion for further study. The methodology finally employed worked well overall. The research shows that SEAL is effective within the school under study. A number of concerns were highlighted which provide opportunity for further research. SEAL provides good foundations and incentives beyond the scope of this research which will provide opportunities for further study and will build upon this.
B.A. (Hons) Educational Studies and Humanities
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