Book Chapter

Building Teacher Capacity to Promote Social and Emotional Learning in Australia

E Freeman, D Strong

Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives, Programs and Approaches | Springer Nature | Published : 2017


The role that schools play in promoting young people’s positive psychological functioning is well recognised and supported by an expanding evidence base. Central to fulfilling this role is the development of capacity in the teacher workforce. Teachers require a sound understanding of the important contribution of social and emotional skills to learning and wellbeing, and the capacity to confidently and skilfully engage in developing students’ social and emotional competencies. A range of professional learning approaches have been adopted to improve teachers’ capabilities to implement social emotional learning. This chapter will describe one approach, a 2 year, part-time postgraduate programm..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The contributions of many groups and individuals to the university–system partnership are recognised here. The foresight in initiating and supporting the partnership of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV), including the Directors of Catholic Education from the Archdioceses of Melbourne, Sale, Ballarat and Bendigo, and managers and members of the Wellbeing and Community Engagement team in the Catholic Education Melbourne, is acknowledged. The partnership flourished with the backing and active support of respective Deans of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Professional staff. Finally, the commitment of many academic staff, past and present, who have developed and taught in the programme must be recorded. The authors are Coordinators of the Master of Education (Student Wellbeing).