Measuring Students’ Socio-Emotional Well-being to Optimize Learning: Looking beyond Academic Performance and Grades

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  • Socio-emotional variables, like engagement, motivation, and collaboration, are profoundly involved in the learning process. Targeting those variables in designing instructional activities may increase the potential of students’ academic success (e.g., stronger school performance and more persistence during post-secondary education) and social success (e.g., better employment status and higher earnings). To better understand how these variables are involved in student learning, we developed The Student Voice Survey to measure students’ levels of socio-emotional variables in the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) schools. This survey includes seven socio-emotional variables: Championing, Instructional Practice, Student Success, Student Wellness, Empowerment and Resilience, Social Competence, and Emotional/Physical Safe Environment. Our analyses showed that the survey is psychometrically strong and provided evidence for reliability, construct validity, face validity, and content validity, thus overall demonstrating reliability and trustworthiness of survey findings. Student Success (M = 3.24, SD = 0.53) and Social Competence (M = 3.22, SD = 0.53) were rated the highest, while Student Wellness was rated the lowest (M =2.27, SD = 0.81) socio-emotional variable by students, and thus has the greatest room for improvement in our educational systems. Some differences in the levels of socio-emotional variables were consistent across school regions, yet further research is required in this area for more definite findings. Overall, the outcome of this study will help inform schools on how to develop and improve programs that enhance students’ learning experiences and promote their future success.

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