2018 Lecture on Compassion / "The School-Based Promotion of Children’s Empathy, Kindness, and Altruism: Emerging Research, Lingering Questions, and Directions for Future Research"

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, Learning, and Culture; Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health; and Applied Developmental Psychologist, University of British Columbia

  • Thursday April 19, 2018 from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • 22 Biobehavioral Health Building/Ruth Pike Auditorium

Presentation Abstract

Understanding the factors that children and youth need to be successful in school and in life has long been an important objective for researchers, parents, and educators interested in the promotion of competence and the prevention of educational, psychological, and behavioral problems. Informed, in part, from recent innovations in social and emotional learning (SEL), the past decade has seen an abundance of research documenting the critical role that self-regulation and social and emotional competence, such as empathy and compassion, play in students’ successful development. This presentation will begin with a brief review of ground-breaking research that has emerged that demonstrates the importance of promoting students’ social and emotional competence in schools and how recent innovations in SEL can inform these efforts. Dr. Schonert-Reichl will describe some of the current SEL initiatives in Canada and the U.S., and highlight her own recent research evaluating universal school-based social and emotional competence promotion programs developed from research and theory in the fields of mindful attention awareness, SEL, and positive psychology.  She will look at both processes and mechanisms that underlie students’ social and emotional development in schools and practical suggestions and implications for future research for the promotion of students’ self-regulation, empathy, compassion, and kindness. Dr. Schonert-Reichl will emphasize that the explicit and intentional promotion of students’ social and emotional competence in school is necessary for the future of education.

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