Social-Awareness Toolkit

By Staff from Weikart Center

“The 90-minute professional development session is designed for educators seeking research-based strategies to help their students build this particular competency.” - Transforming Education

What is Social-Awareness?

Social awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports. Research suggests that students with strong social awareness adapt more easily to their environment, empathize with the perspectives of others, and engage in fewer disruptive classroom behaviors. This, in turn, creates a setting where students can focus on learning. Findings also suggest that students who demonstrate strong social awareness are able to engage in constructive communication with their peers and resolve conflicts when they arise. These students benefit from peer learning and know how to take advantage of social supports.

Social Awareness

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Further Reading

Research Brief

Preparing Youth to Thrive: Methodology and Findings from the SEL Challenge Research Brief

From Charles Smtih, Gina McGovern, Steve Peck, Reed Larson, Barb Hillaker, Leanne Roy, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

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