Social-Emotional Development: An Exploration of Definitions in the Literature and Aboriginal Perspectives

  • Author / Creator
    Daniels, Melissa K.
  • The current thesis consists of two papers. The first paper, presented in Chapter 2, examined recent research literature to identify how researchers define social-emotional development and to consider where further clarity is needed in defining this term. Using content analysis to examine researchers’ definitions, four categories emerged, consisting of self-regulation; emotion knowledge; social and relationship skills; and self-concept. Researchers were generally consistent in their definitions; however, it was discovered that remarkably few researchers explicitly define social-emotional competence, instead relying on tools to operationalize this construct. The second paper, presented in Chapter 3, is a qualitative study that explored social-emotional competence from Aboriginal perspectives. Five themes emerged from the data. A strong identity was central to the other themes of cultural, social, emotional, and mental wellness. As a concluding discussion piece, Chapter 4 integrates the learnings from both papers, discusses implications for practice, and identifies directions for future research.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Human Ecology
  • Specialization
    • Family Ecology and Practice
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Rebecca Gokiert, Faculty of Extension, Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families/ Dr. Berna Skrypnek, Department of Human Ecology
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Christina Rinaldi, Department of Educational Psychology