The importance of SEL and student well-being in education


Student well-being and academic achievement

This millennium has seen an important growth in research in the field of social and emotional skills in learning. A team headed by Katariina Salmela-Aro has been studying the connection between student well-being and academic achievement for decades.  

Katariina Salmela-Aro is a professor of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Salmela-Aro is also a visiting professor at Michigan State University and University College London. Salmela-Aro's field of study includes school engagement and school burnout.

Task 1. Read a recent article by Professor Salmela-Aro.

Photo of Katariina Salmela-Aro.

Recent developments in student well-being

There have been significant changes in the well-being of students during the last decade. More than 90,000 Finnish students completed a well-being survey during a period of 10 years and interesting results were discovered by Anne Konu.

Anne Konu, a university lecturer and, Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, is a docent of Social and Health Policy at the University of Tampere in Finland. In a 2002 dissertation, Konu presented a Well-being Model for schools. 

Task 2. Read a recent article by Docent Konu.

Photo of Anne Konu.

CASEL model for social and emotional skills in learning

Task 3. Why are social and emotional skills important for learning? Read the info package published by CASEL.