A large majority of teachers—93 percent—say it’s very important for schools to work on developing students’ social and emotional skills, results from a new nationally representative survey show.
Released last week, the findings also suggest that a majority of teachers believe that improving students’ social and emotional skills will help them do well in school and prepare them for the workforce.
But it also notes that less than half the 605 teachers surveyed—44 percent—said social and emotional skills are being taught on a schoolwide basis in their respective schools, and a fragmented approach to teaching students about responsible decisionmaking and building relationships would be more effective.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, a research and advocacy group in Chicago, commissioned the report.
A version of this article appeared in the May 22, 2013 edition of Education Week as Social and Emotional Skills